Science of LTPBR - Syllabus

WATS 5621 - Course Syllabus


Catalog Description

Students explore the science and case studies that encouraged Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes. Students gain exposure to key experiments and studies, and come to understand what the state of current LTPBR science is and where remaining knowledge gaps exist.

Title Science & Case Studies of Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes
Semester(s) Traditionally Offered Spring
Course Number WATS 5621
Credits: 1.0 Credit hours (1.5 CEU)
Levels: Graduate/Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid Face to Face Lecture
Cross-Listed As: CEWA 5621
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Spring 2023 - Science of LTPBR

  • Matriculated Students: SCI&CASE STUD LOWTECH RIV - 16918 - WATS 5621
  • Non-Matriculated Students: CEWA 5621
Class Time Days Where Dates Instructors
LTPBR Science & Case Studies 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm MST Tuesdays Zoom Feb 21, 28 & Mar 14, 2023 Nicolaas W Bouwes (P)

We will use the same recurring Zoom Meeting Link:

Zoom Meeting Link

Course Schedule/Outline

Outline dates and assignments will be available on Canvas:

Spring 2023 Canvas
WATS 5621 - Science & Case Studies of LTPBR Course Modules

Students are expected to watch pre-recorded lectures and complete the reading assignments prior to our class meetings, where those topics will be discussed and exercises completed as a group.

This class meets three times for these discussion sessions:

Meeting Date Modules Topics
2/21/2023 2.1 Review & Intro + Case Studies (Resilience)
2/28/2023 2.2 Case Studies that Build Confidence in LTPBR (Bridge Creek & Asotin Creek)
3/14/2023 2.3 State of Supporting Science

This course is based on Module 2 of the self-paced materials.

Module 2 - Science
Slides , Recorded Lectures and Exercises


Matriculated Students

Current USU Tuition for 1 credit. No additional Course Fee. Please register on Banner. Note, tuition for 1 credit varies between $712 and $2716 per credit based on undergraduate vs. graduate, in-state vs. out-of-state, and total number of credits)

Continuing Education Students

$315 for 1.5 CEUs ($270 Cource Fee + $45 CEU processing fee) Registration is now closed for 2023

Course Objectives

This introductory course is focused on remembering and understanding, and is intended as a follow-up to the Introduction to LTPBR Course, offering students an overview of some of the underlying science and case studies that have helped build confidence in LTPBR practice.By the end of this course, students will:

  1. Be able to indicate what scholarly literature and science have been used as the conceptual foundations for low-tech process-based restoration.
  2. Understand how key LTPBR studies were used to build confidence in the use of post-assisted log-structures, beaver dam analogues and other low-tech treatments to invoke specific processes and increase resilience.
  3. Recognize what outstanding knowledge gaps exist within the science.

Recognize what outstanding knowledge gaps exist within the science.


Nicolaas Bouwes3,2,1

Lead Instructor
Aquatic Ecologist, Adjunct Professor, Principal2
Office Hours: By Appointment

Group Office Hours By Appointment

Instructor Affiliations




Course Resources

The course is organized into a series of modules or topics. Slides (as PDFs), recordings (as YouTube videos), and readings (from textbook or provided PDFs) are the main course materials. Within each module, formative assignments (unassessed) and graded assignments are assigned in Canvas. Assignment weightings, assessment critiera, rubrics (if appropriate) are provided by assignment and in the grade book.

Slides & Handouts

All of course lecture slides and materials are linked from the Canvas page by module and assignment.

Spring 2023 Canvas
WATS/CEWA 5621 - Science & Case Studies of LTPBR
Module 2 - Science
Slides , Recorded Lectures and Exercises

Course Textbooks

Mandatory Texts - A hard copy of both the manual and pocket-guide will make your participation in the courses easier, but free digital versions are available below. If you do not have hard copies, please have a PDF open in the background during class.

For the course, we rely on the a Design Manual and the Pocket Guide, which free electronic versions are below. Print copies of manual are available for ~ $60 on Amazon or on BookBaby and waterproof versions of the pocket guide can be purchased here.

We will primarily focus on Chapters 1 and 2 of the Design Manual.

Course Specific Policies

Evaluation Methods and Criteria

Points are awarded for quize(s) ans assessed assignments as specified in Cavnas. Rubrics are provided.

Grade Scheme

The following grading standards will be used in this class:

Grade Range
A 100 % to 93.0%
A- < 93.0 % to 90.0%
B+ < 90.0 % to 87.0%
B < 87.0 % to 83.0%
B- < 83.0 % to 80.0%
C+ < 80.0 % to 77.0%
C < 77.0 % to 73.0%
C- < 73.0 % to 70.0%
D+ < 70.0 % to 67.0%
D < 67.0 % to 60.0%
F < 59.0 % to 0.0%

University Policies & Procedures

Attendance and Excused Absences Policy

We adopt USU’s Attendance & Excused Absence policies. Attendance to all class meetings is expected and participation in live discussions is expected. If for any reason you miss a class for a non- “excused” absence, you are expected to make use of the course website, canvas, office hours, and/or if necessary the class discussion boards on canvas, and/or contact your peers to make up for anything you missed. If you have an “excused” absence, please contact the lead instructor to make alternative arrangements.

Library Services

All USU students attending classes in Logan, at our Regional Campuses, or online can access all databases, e-journals, and e-books regardless of location. Additionally, the library will mail printed books to students, at no charge to them. Students can also borrow books from any Utah academic library. Take advantage of all library services and learn more at (Links to an external site.)

Classroom Civility

Utah State University supports the principle of freedom of expression for both faculty and students. The University respects the rights of faculty to teach and students to learn. Maintenance of these rights requires classroom conditions that do not impede the learning process. Disruptive classroom behavior will not be tolerated. An individual engaging in such behavior may be subject to disciplinary action. Read Student Code Article V Section V-3 (Links to an external site.) for more information.

COVID-19 Classroom Protocols

In order to continue to provide a high standard of instruction at USU, and to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic, students are asked to follow certain classroom protocols during the fall 2020 semester. These protocols are in place not only for your safety but also the safety of the rest of the campus community. You will be asked to clean your desk area at the start of each class, sit in designated seats, wear face coverings, and follow dismission instructions. There may be individual medical circumstances that prevent some students from using face coverings. These circumstances will be rare, but if they do exist, we ask that everyone be respectful. It is imperative that we each do our part so that on-campus instruction can continue.

Academic Freedom and Professional Responsibilities

Academic freedom is the right to teach, study, discuss, investigate, discover, create, and publish freely. Academic freedom protects the rights of faculty members in teaching and of students in learning. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Faculty members are entitled to full freedom in teaching, research, and creative activities, subject to the limitations imposed by professional responsibility. Faculty Code Policy #403 (Links to an external site.) further defines academic freedom and professional responsibilities.

Academic Integrity – “The Honor System”

Each student has the right and duty to pursue his or her academic experience free of dishonesty. To enhance the learning environment at Utah State University and to develop student academic integrity, each student agrees to the following Honor Pledge: “I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity.” A student who lives by the Honor Pledge is a student who does more than not cheat, falsify, or plagiarize. A student who lives by the Honor Pledge:

  • Espouses academic integrity as an underlying and essential principle of the Utah State University community;
  • Understands that each act of academic dishonesty devalues every degree that is awarded by this institution; and
  • Is a welcomed and valued member of Utah State University.

Academic Dishonesty

The instructor of this course will take appropriate actions in response to Academic Dishonesty, as defined the University’s Student Code. Acts of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating

    using, attempting to use, or providing others with any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, examinations, or in any other academic exercise or activity. Unauthorized assistance includes:

    • Working in a group when the instructor has designated that the quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity be done “individually;”
    • Depending on the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;
    • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself, in taking an examination or preparing academic work;
    • Acquiring tests or other academic material belonging to a faculty member, staff member, or another student without express permission;
    • Continuing to write after time has been called on a quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity;
    • Submitting substantially the same work for credit in more than one class, except with prior approval of the instructor; or engaging in any form of research fraud.
  • Falsification: altering or fabricating any information or citation in an academic exercise or activity.

  • Plagiarism: representing, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person as one‘s own in any academic exercise or activity without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes using materials prepared by another person or by an agency engaged in the sale of term papers or other academic materials.

For additional information go to: ARTICLE VI. University Regulations Regarding Academic Integrity (Links to an external site.)

Sexual Harassment/Title IX

Utah State University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from acts of sexual misconduct and discrimination and to fostering respect and dignity for all members of the USU community. Title IX and USU Policy 339 (Links to an external site.) address sexual harassment in the workplace and academic setting.

The university responds promptly upon learning of any form of possible discrimination or sexual misconduct. Any individual may contact USU’s Office of Equity (Links to an external site.) for available options and resources or clarification. The university has established a complaint procedure to handle all types of discrimination complaints, including sexual harassment (USU Policy 305 (Links to an external site.)), and has designated the Office of Equity Director/Title IX Coordinator as the official responsible for receiving and investigating complaints of sexual harassment.

Withdrawal Policy and “I” Grade Policy

Students are required to complete all courses for which they are registered by the end of the semester. In some cases, a student may be unable to complete all of the coursework because of extenuating circumstances, but not due to poor performance or to retain financial aid. The term ‘extenuating’ circumstances includes: (1) incapacitating illness which prevents a student from attending classes for a minimum period of two weeks, (2) a death in the immediate family, (3) financial responsibilities requiring a student to alter a work schedule to secure employment, (4) change in work schedule as required by an employer, or (5) other emergencies deemed appropriate by the instructor.

Students with Disabilities

USU welcomes students with disabilities. If you have, or suspect you may have, a physical, mental health, or learning disability that may require accommodations in this course, please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) (Links to an external site.) as early in the semester as possible (University Inn # 101, (435) 797‐2444, All disability related accommodations must be approved by the DRC. Once approved, the DRC will coordinate with faculty to provide accommodations.

Diversity Statement

Regardless of intent, careless or ill-informed remarks can be offensive and hurtful to others and detract from the learning climate. If you feel uncomfortable in a classroom due to offensive language or actions by an instructor or student(s) regarding ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, contact:

You can learn about your student rights by visiting: The Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University: (Links to an external site.)

Grievance Process

Students who feel they have been unfairly treated may file a grievance through the channels and procedures described in the Student Code: Article VII (Links to an external site.).

Full details for USU Academic Policies and Procedures can be found at:

Emergency Procedures

In the case of a drill or real emergency, classes will be notified to evacuate the building by the sound of the fire/emergency alarm system or by a building representative. In the event of a disaster that may interfere with either notification, evacuate as the situation dictates (i.e., in an earthquake when shaking ceases or immediately when a fire is discovered). Turn off computers and take any personal items with you. Elevators should not be used; instead, use the closest stairs.

Mental Health

Mental health is critically important for the success of USU students. As a student, you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce your ability to participate in daily activities. Utah State University provides free services for students to assist them with addressing these and other concerns. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (Links to an external site.).

Students are also encouraged to download the “SafeUT App” (Links to an external site.) to their smartphones. The SafeUT application is a 24/7 statewide crisis text and tip service that provides real-time crisis intervention to students through texting and a confidential tip program that can help anyone with emotional crises, bullying, relationship problems, mental health, or suicide related issues

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