Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration

Background to Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration

Synopsis of Topic

Our second project this semester will be a low-tech restoration project.

Why we’re covering it

To give you first hand experience in designing, building and developing an adaptive management plan for a real restoration project.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain direct experience applying knowledge as a watershed scientist to working on real-world aquatic ecosystem restoration and management problems (e.g. stream restoration, watershed management,wetland restoration) with practitioners.

  2. Build a working understanding of the typical process through which restoration projects are designed, constructed, evaluated and adaptively managed.

  3. Develop a working understanding of different aspects and approaches to restoration design and create two types of design and evaluate their ability to achieve project objectives. Articulate specific, testable design hypotheses for your own designs.
  4. Get first-hand experience constructing & implementing a ‘cheap and cheerful’ restoration project by building structures you designed.
  5. Understand the principles of Post Project Appraisals and Monitoring and how to evaluate overall restoration objectives and test design hypotheses.
  6. Apply the evaluation and adjust loops of an **Adaptive Management Plan ** to see how the process of learning-by-doing can work.


The definitive source on low-tech process-based restoration is the Wheaton et al. (2019) Design Manual: