Brad Smith Completes Aquatic Renewal-Stream Restoration Training Program

Brad Smith Completes Aquatic Renewal-Stream Restoration Training Program

In early 2013, Brad Smith, Senior Landscape Architect at SDG completed the Aquatic Renewal and Stream Restoration Training Program offered through Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) and the University of Guelph School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD).

The Aquatic Renewal Program has grown from a strategy identified by the Grand River Fisheries Management Plan and from interest and intent of the developers to the science and practice of stream rehabilitation in Ontario and across Canada. The workshop series was designed to formalize the theory, practice and application of watershed and stream assessment and rehabilitation and to train a new generation of individuals, organizations, and community groups who will promote watershed, stream and stream corridor rehabilitation.

The series included 6 core workshops that build on each other, including:
• Workshop 1 – Creating the Context: Watershed & Stream Systems
• Workshop 2 – Understanding and Assessing the System
• Workshop 3 – Diagnosing the Problem and Developing a Plan
• Workshop 4 – Linking Solutions to the Problems
• Workshop 5 – Project Planning, Development, and Managing the Cookbook
• Workshop 6 – Applying a Strategic Approach and Introduction to a Large-scale Rehabilitation

These workshops ran through an understanding of watersheds, streams and their corridors, to planning and implementing projects, monitoring for success and all with the goal of improving the quality of rehabilitation. Three major approaches are employed: in class presentations by practitioners from TUC and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR); field trips and hands-on activities; and one-on-one discussions with instructors and peers. The hope is to create communities of practice to foster this experience as they take the lead in watershed and stream rehabilitation projects.

Certificates of completion, issued through the University of Guelph, in conjunction with development of an accreditation process through Trout Unlimited Canada and the University of Guelph ensure that what the students learn is being put into practice.