August 14-18, 2023   Sagehen Creek Field Station, Truckee, California


  • 8h  Welcome and overview of shortcourse (Kondolf, Wilcock)
  • 8h30  Introduction to Sagehen Field Station
  • 9h  Channel processes, patterns & forms, floodplains, vegetation interactions (Kondolf)
  • 10h30 Break
  • 11h Alluvial Sediment. Types of sediment problems, grain entrainment and benthos adaptation, frequency and distribution of disturbance (Wilcock)
  • 12h Lunch (Be dressed for the field by the end of lunch)
  • 13h Flow regime adaptation. Organisms in fluvial environments: natural history and population biology (Limm)
  • 14h15 Sagehen Creek: Alluvial water table and riparian vegetation, Facies and habitat mapping (Limm, Kondolf) (Sagehen Ck below main campSmall groups prepare meadow transect and riparian/channel feature/habitat/facies map
  • 17h  Participant introductions, (classroom, refreshments)
  • 18h Stream-riparian floodplain restoration in montane environments (Shaw, Kondolf)
  • 19h00  Dinner


  • 8h Channel adjustments (Kondolf)
  • 9h 15  Controls on ecosystem function. River food webs and ecosystem services (Limm)
  • 10h15  Break
  • 10h45  Hydrology and hydraulics, estimating transport rates and their uncertainty. Flood frequency & flow duration, estimating critical discharge, sediment transport, uncertainty (Wilcock)
  • 12h  Stream table demonstration concurrent with lunch (Hansen) Groups of appx 10-12 rotate through for 20min each. (Be dressed for the field by the end of lunch
  • 13h15 Floodplain overview and re-connection (Tompkins)
  • 14h  Sagehen Creek: Monitoring bed conditions. (Sagehen Ck below main campFlow and sediment sampling methods (Shaw). Bed material mapping & sampling (Wilcock, Limm, Kondolf, Shaw)
  • 16h30  Pebbles & Cheer: Analyze data from field, sediment transport spreadsheet exercise.
  • Calculate frequency of floods, sediment disturbance & transport (classroom, refreshments)
  • 18h00 Channel classification and the stable channel paradigm (Kondolf)
  • 19h00  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, Sega, Litchfield, Shaw) Truckee River Gorge: human alterations and restoration strategies (Sega); Truckee River downtown Reno: urban river restoration (Litchfield); Perazzo Meadows: pond & plug restoration  (Shaw) (Board vans for field trip in parking area above kitchen, Optional: bring swim suit for Truckee River at Wingfield Park)
  • 17h30  Discussion of observations from Truckee/Perazzo field trip (classroom)
  • 18h Overview of stream restoration in the Lake Tahoe basin, preview of Thursday’s field trip (Swanson and others)
  • 19h  Dinner


  • (prepare bag lunch during breakfast)
  • 8h  Field trip to Upper Truckee River, Truckee River Marsh, Meeks Ck, Blackwood Ck (Swanson, Carroll, Kondolf, Limm, Wilcock)  (Board vans for field trip in parking area above kitchen, Optional: bring swim suit for Lake Tahoe at Meeks Ck)
  • 18h00  Discussion of observations from field trip. (classroom)
  • 19h00  Dinner


  • 8h  Student workshop, Part 1: Participants present problems faced in their work for discussion. (McBain, Swanson, Kondolf)
  • 9h30  Short break
  • 9h45  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)  
  • 11h45  Lunch (pack up during lunch hour)
  • 13h  Restoring river connectivity/processes. Restoring process, Espace de Liberté (Kondolf)
  • 14h  Student workshop, Part 2: Participants present problems faced in their work for discussion. (McBain, Wilcock, Kondolf)
  • 1600  Course conclusion, depart Sagehen  (Reno airport shuttle departs at 15h)