Fish Habitat Restoration – Instream Techniques (Self-Paced)

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The Fish Habitat Restoration (FHR) – Instream Techniques course will provide skills and knowledge to successfully conduct and manage an instream restoration project specific to low-gradient stream environments. This course is intended to complement these other Natural Resources Training Group (NRTG) course offerings:  

Fish Habitat Restoration – Field Techniques
Streambank Restoration Techniques
Fish Habitat Assessment – Level 1
Prescription Development

In this course, you will learn many techniques that can be applied globally. However, the techniques you ultimately use will depend on the species you are targeting and your site-specific conditions. We believe that if you have the right “tools” and know how, where, and when to use them, you will be successful.

This course is divided into five modules.

Module 1: Introduction

Module 1 examines key factors to consider in habitat and stream restoration as well as how to conduct a preliminary reconnaissance for a potential project.

Module 2: Stream Hydraulics

Module 2 looks at how to identify and apply stream hydrology and river engineering principles.

Module 3: Application of Stream Hydraulics

Module 3 discusses the design and construction of riffles and flow retarders and how they factor in stream hydraulics.

Module 4: Other Restoration Techniques

Module 4 looks at other techniques for stream restoration and examines where and how stream hydraulics and channel morphology must be accounted for.

Module 5: Measures of Success

Module 5 discusses measures of success and funding opportunities.



Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to

  • Identify types of instream fish habitat restoration techniques and methods
  • Identify and apply stream hydrology and river engineering principle
  • Conduct a preliminary reconnaissance for a potential instream FHR project
  • Identify key biological factors to consider and incorporate into FHR planning
  • Identify and contrast physical design considerations and project selection criteria for in-channel restoration techniques, and in-stream habitat offset and compensation/mitigation projects
  • Evaluate the functionality of rehabilitation projects
  • Identify sources of funding
  • Identify key scheduling considerations for a Fish Habitat Restoration project

This course includes:

  • Fish Habitat Restoration–Instream Techniques
  • Free, lifetime access

Who enrolls in this course?

Course participants may include technicians, biologists and other professionals required to conduct, design and manage fish habitat restoration projects. 


There are no formal prerequisites. Previous experience with fish habitat assessment or completion of NRTG’s Fish Habitat Assessment – Level One course would be an asset.

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