Forests | Geology | Rangeland | Soils | Water | Wildlife

Course Goals

Students will understand basic components of the water system including the hydrologic cycle, watersheds, streams, riparian areas, stream dynamics, influence of vegetation and how upland uses affect stream and water characteristics. Students engage in a monitoring exercise to understand how sampling populations of aquatic invertebrates can help to evaluate health of a stream.

Topics covered

Stream Health and General Safety

Stream Side Vegetation

Parts of a Stream

  • Cross section
  • Pool
  • Riffle

Stream Bottom & suspended Sediment

Human Changes to the Stream including Diversion Dams

Water levels & Erosion & Water Rights & Beaver

Stream Measurements & Monitoring

  • Temperature
  • Streamflow
  • Macroinvertebrates

Watersheds

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