Restoring and Creating Wetlands

  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites
This course will cov­er the con­cepts, appli­ca­tions, plan­ning pro­ce­dures, and imple­men­ta­tion strate­gies involved in the suc­cess­ful con­struc­tion of wet­lands that look and func­tion like nat­ur­al wet­lands. Stu­dents can expect to learn about site selec­tion, test­ing soil tex­ture, select­ing con­struc­tion tech­niques, estab­lish­ing designed hydrol­o­gy and veg­e­ta­tion aspects, and work­ing with heavy equip­ment oper­a­tors. Top­ics in peat­land restora­tion will also be cov­ered. The course will be offered as a com­bi­na­tion of manda­to­ry hands-on expe­ri­ence in the field, in addi­tion to class­room lecture.
Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand key differences in the types of wetlands in Alberta.
  • Recognize the signs of wetland drainage to identify potential wetland restoration sites.
  • Select and evaluate sites for wetland restoration and construction.
  • Understand the primary techniques for building wetlands.
  • Supervise the construction and planting of a wetland.
  • Recognize threats to natural and constructed wetlands.
  • Be familiar with concepts of monitoring, maintenance, and adaptive management.
  • Understand how to design wetlands for treating storm water, reducing flooding and improving fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Recognize the permits required to move forward with a wetland restoration project.
  • Be familiar with the current techniques and methods to reclaim disturbed peatlands.
Take note:

  • Mandatory fieldwork: students are required to bring their own Personal Protective Equipment. Long pants and good grip boots with good ankle support are essential; rubber boots are useful but not necessary. Bring safety glasses and wear weather-appropriate clothing, sun block, work gloves, and high-visibility clothing (safety vest, reflective stripes, or blaze orange/yellow outer layer). Students are responsible for their transportation to the fieldwork sites; carpooling options may be available.
  • Students are encouraged to bring plant identification books, field guides, and hand lenses to assist in class exercises. A basic plant field guide and a Munsell soil color book will be provided to each field team, but additional copies will be useful.
  • This course includes in-class, computer-based activities. Our learning spaces are Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) enabled, with wi-fi available to students and numerous USB/electrical outlets distributed throughout common areas outside the classrooms.
  • Course assessment includes assignments to be completed outside of class times; post-course work is also required.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

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