Created in 2003, the course provides an understanding of the issues and policies in ecosystem restoration and details a variety of hydrologic methods used in restoration planning and design. The course has evolved to include a series of increasingly difficult topics and workshops, beginning with principles of hydrology, ecology, and statistics and advancing to time series analysis, hydrologic alteration, ecosystem flow definition, ecosystem functions modeling, river hydraulics and sedimentation. More than a third of the week is dedicated to software demonstrations and workshops where course participants gain experience using six different software tools, including the HEC Regime Prescription Tool (HEC-RPT).
A segment of the course also includes a segment dedicated to coastal restoration, which is an emerging aspect of the partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and The Nature Conservancy. Through the course, restoration experts from the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and the
Conservancy’s Global Marine Initiative co-present course materials and work to align ways that the agencies could partner.