The Division of Wetlands, Encroachments, and Training (DWET) in the Bureau of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands developed the Introduction to Guiding Principles of Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration training. Please note that this multi-part training is intended to be an introduction or overview presentation and DWET is developing additional more intensive content to cover many of the topics that are introduced. For example, a more in-depth or Deep Dive discussion on Legacy Sediments will be available in several forms (i.e., Oil Creek Case Study). This is intended to be an introduction to a series of trainings addressing issues related to aquatic resource restoration that will be developed over the next few years.
This introductory training will cover several important aspects of the guiding principles that are important to the execution of highly successful restoration projects. The training is presented in four parts: Introduction, Basic Watershed and Ecosystem Functions, Watershed Alterations and Effects, and finally Project Considerations. Completion of this training will provide a good foundation for future trainings that will dive deeper into the topics, research, and DWET program development efforts.
Over the past 15 years this approach has been applied to restore numerous aquatic ecosystems buried by legacy sediment. The mitigation banking industry in PA has successfully applied these principles to other causes of resource degradation successfully. This approach has wide applicability to understanding and responding to a variety of watershed alterations, not just legacy sediment.
Completion of this course is worth 2.5 PDH credit hours