Fish habitat across the country has been seriously impacted from years of human activity. There is considerable effort now being made to repair the damage done and improve the chance for fish survival. There is a pressing need for professionals trained and certified in stream restoration.
To meet the need, Portland State University (PSU), in concert with several resource agencies, created a stream restoration certification program. The one-year program, with five core and a number of elective courses, is the only one of its type in the country. Started in 2006, the stream restoration program has certified over 160 students in advanced concepts of stream restoration.
Brad Hermanson, Hart Crowser’s Manager of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, co-leads the three-day core course “EPP 225 – Restoration Project Management” with Timmie Mandish of USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. EPP 225 covers topics ranging from fundamentals of project management and project risk management, to contracting strategies, regulatory permitting, construction options, and real-life case studies. Besides co-leading the course, Brad teaches the first half-day kickoff portion, introducing the students to concepts on project management and project risk management.
This year’s EPP 225 course was offered at PSU December 5-7. There were 32 students, most employed by state and federal natural resource agencies, but also several independent consultants and contractors. Review comments from the students were very positive. One student noted “Definitely exceeded my expectations. I’m a scientist. I tend to underestimate how essential project management is. The class gave me crucial skills that will probably be serving me in the future. I learned a ton! Thank you so much.” Another stated “…was great to combine project management with the river restoration lens. I have a PM background and this helped to hone those skills – reminders and tools to communicate, evaluate risk, prepare for unique (project) changes – all are very useful and will strengthen me in my career.”