Salmonid Restoration Federation
31 March - 3 April, 2020
Santa Cruz, California

Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration with Beaver and Wood: Jump-Starting Structurally Starved Streams

9:00am - 5:00pm

Workshop Coordinators: 
Eli Asarian, Riverbend Sciences
Elijah Portugal, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Joseph Wheaton, Utah State University


The scale and severity of river impairment globally cannot be meaningfully addressed solely using traditional hard-engineering restoration approaches. This workshop will be an opportunity to share recent developments in the evolving science and practice of low-tech process-based restoration (LT-PBR) of riverscapes. LT-PBR is the practice of adding low unit-cost wood and beaver dams to riverscapes to mimic functions and initiate specific processes that improve river habitats. Dr. Joseph Wheaton (Utah State University) will lead the morning portion of the workshop, providing an introduction to the LT-PBR restoration approach and case-study examples from recent and ongoing LT-PBR projects primarily from outside of California. Afternoon presentations by scientists and practitioners will explore: 

  • Effects of LT-PBR on geomorphology, hydrology, hydraulics, habitat, water quality salmonids, and other organisms
  • Updated case studies from restoration projects using beavers and wood
  • Models and tools for prioritizing LT-PBR site selection
  • Restoration implementation lessons learned
  • Pathways for permitting LT-PBR projects and managing beavers in California

Following the afternoon presentations, there will be a panel/group discussion.