There’s 2 weeks left in our Stillwater Creek Early Bird Restoration.  Find out more here.   

What did last year look like.  Check out the photo gallery below, or view the photos in a bigger format here.

This over steepened bank was situated adjacent to a very narrow segment of the students’ access road, posing a safety hazard for student drivers. Students of the heavy equipment operators program and the watershed practicum class were the workforce that stabilized this bank during last year’s Biotechnical Streambank Stabilization Workshop.

The challenging “soil wrap” ….the face must be smooth and free of cobble to obtain good soil-to-fabric contact

The Guys turn to work!! …And the girls turn to work!! Willows were an integral component in this stabilization project adding biological reinforcement that will only improve as root structure develops. Its a great operator who can place soil so carefully AND help manage an unpaid labor force! After the base layers of soil wraps and willows were installed the team switched to the “Soil Flap” -much less challenging than the “soil wrap” to install but still a very effective erosion control technique.

The corners however must still be blended and secured into the existing slope… The Students placed bets on If and How Much width we would gain on the access road…At this point it was starting to look really promising!! We gained 3 ft of road width!!! 8 months after project completion! The willows and native grasses- Elymus glaucus and Nasella Pulchra are well established Th

Hey Everybody, 

We just wanted to point you towards this webinar, and make sure its on your radar.  Good information, earn some PDH, and all at a great price to boot!

Register here


Introduction to Water Conservation

Elements, Issues & Design

Thurs., August 18th, 2.p.m. EST / 11 a.m.PST, 1hr.
Presenter: Paul W. Lander, PhD, ASLA, LEED A.P.     
Consultant, dakota ridge partners
Lecturer, University of Colorado
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEUs
$59.00 $39.00

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Explore today’s water conservation elements and issues with Paul W. Lander, PhD, ASLA, LEED AP, including: common program and plan elements, issues and design, and water conservation’s role in modern urban water system management. This course offers a focused discussion on demand management by looking at the current state of professional programs, plans, and projects designed to conserve water and increase the efficiency of use. 

Urban water systems today across the US are under ever-growing demands from population growth, water quality standards, and customer expectations.  In this course, we will survey the state of the practice in urban water conservation, looking at:

  • Plans- the tool for determining baseline conditions, goals, and outcomes.
  • Programs- the full suite of elements water professionals invoke to address the specific concerns of their conditions as outline in the Plan.
  • Projects- the implementation of specific activities designed to increase the efficiency of use within a specific sector, industry, or end-use.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learners will gain basic understanding of water systems, and conservation – issues and terminology.
  2. Learners will gain a basic understanding of the drivers for water conservation.
  3. Learners will gain a basic understanding of 3 facets of water conservation: Plans, Programs, & Projects.
  4. Learners will gain a basic understanding of current professional activities in water conservation.


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