Sample Basins Syllabus

Course Syllabus
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s
December 2rd – 5th, 2017

Friday, December 2nd

8:00 AM-8:45 AM – Site arrival; Check into accommodations; Registration

9:00 AM-10:30 AM – Course overview; Participant & Watershed introductions

10:40 AM-12:00 PM – Derek Acomb, CDF&G: Introduce Stream Habitat Inventory Reports with discussion of survey methods and interpretation of restoration recommendations. Discuss salmonid life cycle including spawning, rearing and estuarine habitat needs. Discuss limiting factors such as: water quality & quantity, temperature, sedimentation, riparian vegetation, exotic predators and fish passage/barrier issues.

12:30 PM-1:30 PM – Lunch

2:00 PM-5:30 PM – Laurel Marcus, Hydrologist: Intro to watershed processes, dynamics and functions. Why it is the watershed that matters. Monitoring and assessment methods for watersheds to produce good water quality and restore fisheries. Examples of watershed assessments for nearby areas.

6:00 PM-7:00 PM – Dinner

7:30 PM-9:00 PM – Brock’s “Conservation Hydrology” Slideshow: Overview slide show of “Basins of Relations” and WaterSpread concepts.


Saturday, December 3rd

7:30 AM-8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Group Check-in

9:30 AM-12:00 PM – Adam Wolpert, OAEC: Conducting effective watershed group meetings; Group facilitation techniques; Effective decision making; conflict resolution strategies.

12:30 PM-1:30 PM – Lunch

2:00 PM-5:30 PM – Brock’s Site tour of OAEC’s 80 acres: Emphasis on observing various upland restoration projects that address surface water infiltration, erosion control, head-cut mitigation, habitat ponds, forestry restoration, fuel load mitigation, exotic woody plant removal and more…

6:00 PM-7:00 PM – Dinner

7:30 PM-9:00 PM – Social evening. Sauna. Optional: watershed videos.


Sunday, December 4th

7:30 AM-8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:30AM – Group Check-in

9:30 AM-12:00 AM – Dave Henson, OAEC: Strategic planning for effective projects; Community organizing methodologies involving all stakeholders.

12:30 PM-1:30 PM – Lunch

2:00 PM-5:00 PM – Rick Kaye, Sotoyome RCD: Funding Opportunities and Fiscal Management for Watershed Groups. The session is intended for watershed groups interested in learning more about available funding sources for watershed projects and fiscal management.

6:00 PM-7:00 PM – Dinner

7:30 PM-9:00 PM – Watershed Salon: Group discussion on topic(s) to be chosen by group.


Monday, December 5th

7:30 AM-8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:00 AM-12:00 AM – Elliot Doss, CA DF&G and CA Conservation Corp.:
Dutch Bill Watershed field trip to observe various land use issues, instream restoration projects and fish passage barriers.

12:30 PM-1:30 PM – Lunch

1:30PM – 2:00PM – Group presentation preparation time.

2:00 PM-3:00 PM – Brief presentations by each watershed group on their next steps for group formation and community organizing.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM – Next steps, training evaluation, wrap up, closing.


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sample basin syllabus