February 01, 2010

Recent Happenings - Newbury

Dr. Bob Newbury did it again - he wrapped up another hugely successful and well received Stream Restoration: Design and Monitoring course (Oct 26-30, 2009).

The 2009 course offering was held in Penticton, British Columbia. Participants came mainly from Canada (YT, BC, AB, SK, ON, and NB) with a few from the USA (WA, OR) and one well traveled participant from the Australian Rivers Institute in Queensland, Australia (Griffith University).

The field day mid-way through the course was absolutely fantastic - everyone traveled by bus to the town of Oliver, BC to see 3 projects that Bob has been instrumental is seeing through from idea to implementation. As an absolute bonus it was right at the time that the sockeye salmon were in the Okanagan River to have their one and only chance at reproduction. The projects that Bob has been involved with have created habitat and opened up habitat that have been unavailable to sockeye salmon for decades.

1. Okanagan Riffle project

2. Okanagan River Remeander project. You can see new salmon redds that the sockeye created and are using after finding the perfect Froude number... (wanna know what that means, take the course in 2010! :))

Project news article.

3. McIntyre dam project.

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