Introduction to Low-Tech PBR

Introduction to Low-Tech PBR of Riverscapes


We first introduced low-tech process-based restoration (PBR) by defining it and talking about:

  • the primary impairment it addresses: structurally-starved riverscapes
  • the primary processes promoted with low-tech PBR: wood accumulation and beaver dam activity
  • the typicaly structures used to reverse structural starvation


We then transitioned into the bigger background problem and scope, and the core principles of low-tech PBR:


This introduction corresponds to the first two chapters from the Low-Tech PBR Design Manual:

  • Wheaton JM, Bennett SN, Bouwes N, Maestas J, and Shahverdian S (Editors). 2019. Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes: Design Manual. Version 1.0. Utah State University Wheaton Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab. Logan, UT.