Watershed assessment seminar addresses S. Calif. wildfire wake

UC Irvine Extension, the continuing education arm of the University of California, Irvine, plans to offer a new one-day seminar on "Watershed and Stream Assessment." The seminar is intended to provide participants with a greater understanding of how effective watershed assessments can lead to greater conservation and improved land management -- both critical issues as Southern California braces for the upcoming rainy season following wildfires which have scorched thousands of acres...

• New program teaches how to improve land management and conservation efforts, addresses erosion-prone areas left vulnerable in the wake of the Southern California wildfires

IRVINE, CA, Dec. 3, 2007 -- UC Irvine Extension, the continuing education arm of the University of California, Irvine, has announced plans to offer a new one-day seminar on "Watershed and Stream Assessment." The seminar is intended to provide participants with a greater understanding of how effective watershed assessments can lead to greater conservation and improved land management -- both critical issues as Southern California braces for the upcoming rainy season following wildfires which have scorched thousands of acres that are now vulnerable to erosion.

"Increased erosion and sediment yields occur following fires such as we have seen recently in Southern California" said Ken Schwarz, the course instructor and principal at Jones & Stokes Associates. This seminar will help students identify and understand watershed processes.

The course is part of the UC Irvine Extension's Environmental Planning seminar series and will be held on Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the UC Irvine Learning Center in Orange, Calif.

During the seminar, participants will get an overview of methods and applications of watershed and stream assessment, and how they are used in support of river and riparian management and regulatory permitting. They will also be introduced to the approach of conducting both watershed-scale and reach-scale assessments, and a review of how they are used to support conservation and restoration activities.

Upon completion of the seminar, participants will be able to identify the variables involved in watershed assessment and reach-scale stream assessment and will leverage their knowledge to support responsible regulatory permitting and restoration and conservation activities.

To register, visit www.extension.uci.edu or call 949-824-5414. For more information, contact Judy Purewal at japurewa@uci.edu.

As the continuing education arm of UCI, UC Irvine Extension is dedicated to providing a university-level learning experience for students, offering thousands of exciting courses and programs to local, regional, and global constituencies.

The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members.

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