An initial course schedule based on the 2018 course is provided below. The components will remain the same for 2019 but some will be in a different order.


  • 8h  Introduction to Sagehen Field Station: Essential survival information (Jeff Brown, Manager)
  • 9h  Course overview, some key concepts (Kondolf/Wilcock)
  • 9h30 Alluvial sediment.  Types of sediment problems, grain entrainment and benthos adaptation, frequency and distribution of disturbance (Wilcock)
  • 10h30  Break
  • 11h Channel processes, patterns & forms, floodplain interactions (Kondolf)
  • 12h Lunch (Be dressed for the field by the end of lunch)
  • 13h Riparian vegetation, channel processes, and habitats (McBride)
  • 14h Flow regime adaptation. Organisms in fluvial environments: natural history and population biology (Limm)
  • 15h Sagehen Creek: Facies and Habitat Mapping (Limm, McBride, Wilcock, Kondolf) (Sagehen Ck below main camp)  Small groups prepare riparian/channel feature/habitat/facies map
  • 18h  Participant introductions (in classroom, refreshments provided)
  • 19h30  Dinner


  • 8h Hydrology and hydraulics, estimating transport rates and their uncertainty. Flood frequency & flow duration, estimating critical discharge, sediment transport, uncertainty (Wilcock)
  • 9h Channel adjustments (Kondolf)
  • 10h  Break
  • 10h30 Controls on ecosystem function. River food webs and ecosystem services (Limm)
  • 11h30 Channel classification in river restoration (Kondolf)
  • 12h30  Stream table demonstration concurrent with lunch (Tinoco, Natali) Groups of appx ten rotate through for 20min each (Be dressed for the field by the end of lunch)
  • 14h  Sagehen Creek: Forecasting benthic populations, monitoring bed conditions. (Sagehen Ck below main camp)  Flow and sediment sampling methods (Shaw). Bed material mapping & sampling (Wilcock, Limm, Kondolf, Shaw)
  • 17h  Pebbles & Cheer: Analyze data from field and introduce spreadsheet exercise.
  • Calculate frequency of floods, sediment disturbance & transport.
  • 18h30  Meadow restoration by pond & plug (Natali, Shaw)
  • 19h30  Dinner


(prepare bag lunch during breakfast)

  • 8h Incorporating sediment transport in channel design.  Equilibrium vs performance-based channel design.  (Wilcock)
  • 9h30  Field Trip to the Truckee River basin (Kondolf, Wilcock, Adams, Pitman, Natali, Shaw)
  • Overview lecture on Geology of Truckee River basin (Adams) (at Desert Research Institute, Reno); Truckee River Gorge: human alterations and restoration strategies (Pitman); Perrazzo Meadows: pond & plug restoration (Natali, Shaw)  (Field trip departs from parking area above kitchen)
  • 18h  Discussion of observations from Truckee/Perrazzo field trip (all)
  • 18h30 Overview of stream restoration in the Lake Tahoe basin, preview of Thursday’s field trip (Swanson)
  • 19h30  Dinner


(prepare bag lunch during breakfast)

  • 8h Field trip to Upper Truckee River, Trout Ck, Meeks Ck, Blackwood Ck(Swanson, Cody, Kondolf, Wilcock)  (Field trip departs from parking area above kitchen, Bring swim suit for Lake Tahoe at Meeks Ck)
  • 19h30 Dinner


  • 8h  Trinity River Restoration Program and geomorphic studies: large-scale restoration at the program scale, geomorphic flow basis & application (tracer rocks, riparian scour, sediment transport, release hydrographs. (McBain)  (with short break at 9h)
  • 10h15  Short break
  • 10h30  Restoring river connectivity/processes. Restoring process, Espace de Liberté (Kondolf)
  • 11h30  Evaluating restoration projects: ideas and discusson (Kondolf, Wilcock, McBain, Natali)
  • 12h30  Lunch (pack up and clear rooms over lunch break)
  • 13h30  Student Workshop: Participants present problems faced in their work for discussion. (Kondolf, Wilcock, McBain, Natali)
  • 16h  Closing comments and discussion