River Restoration assessment & engineer design using natural river metrics and nature-based solutions: case studies from bringing back sq̓awsitkw (Okanagan River)

Date: 30 October 2024
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Price: $75 CAD

Workshop Summary

This 4 hour workshop will teach assessments and design methods behind the stream construction restoration for indigenous species in the Syilx (Okanagan) ecosystem for over 20 years. The Okanagan Nation Alliance, in collaboration with Newbury Hydraulics and many project partners, have been successfully restoring river function and salmonid spawning and rearing habitat in the Syilx (Okanagan) Territory for 20 years. Traditional Ecological Knowledge integrated with western-science-based best management practices, and measured stream geometry and natural habitat features have guided these restoration works. This workshop will teach the math behind the stream analysis and hydraulics that directed the restoration designs using examples from sq̓awsitkw (Okanagan River).

In this workshop attendees will learn the calculations behind stream analysis and driving energy of river hydraulics, the movement and form in alluvial rivers, especially with respect to the bankfull discharge relationship, the properties of water that create the shapes that forms streams, and how these forms create fish habitats, and the calculation of and pool-riffle design using the Newbury riffle application.

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