UMSRS will offer the following pre-symposium short-courses to conference attendees. Please register for the short course when you register for the main symposium.
1. The Art of 404 Permitting - A Short Course on Obtaining a Corps for Stream Restoration, Enhancement, and Stabilization - Sunday, February 7th, 2016; 9 am until 2 pm
Instructors: Albert Frohlich – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Branch, Rock Island District and Marie Kopka – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Branch, St. Paul District, Waukesha Field Office
Length: Half day ($100)
Mr. Frohlich and Mrs. Kopka are Senior Project Managers with the Corps of Engineers Regulatory Branches in their respective offices. Both are heavily involved with assisting applicants through the Corps permitting process. The Corps permitting process can be a daunting task, but it can be made easier by understanding what the Corps needs to complete this process. This short course will cover topics pertaining to navigating the regulatory maze, including how to determine what type of permit is needed for different projects (and the timeframes associated with them), what a complete application looks like, the information needed when one faces those pesky "Purpose and Need, Alternative Analysis, Scope" sections, how to cover different restoration topics and to calculate impacts, and much more!
This presentation will be geared to those who wish to understand how the Corps works with its applicants and other partner agencies to permit reasonable development while protecting the aquatic resource. This is not a course that will show individuals “how to” design a stream project. It will be lively and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.
Materials that attendees need to bring: Bring questions and projects that can be discussed with the wider group!
2. An Introduction to Large Wood in Stream Restoration - Sunday, February 7th, 2016; 9 am to 2 pm
Instructors: Bob Gubernick (USDA Forest Service) and Marty Melchior, Inter-Fluve, Inc.
Length: Half day ($100)
The course will review all salient topics to develop a large wood restoration, including the history of large wood removal in the US, the ecological importance of large wood, geomorphic considerations in structure siting, log jam design and analysis, large wood structure configurations, engineering and geomorphic considerations for project design and planning, large wood material harvest and transport, construction, and safety and project inspection.
Students will need a laptop computer to run an excel spreadsheet.