Welcome to the MRAE Capstone Course Website! The primary audience for this site are the students enrolled in WATS 5340 & WATS 5350 at Utah State University. However, the resources found here may be of general interest to a broader ecosystem management and restoration community, including practitioners, managers, stakeholders and researchers. In thesecapstone courses, we will spend a full year focusing on the restoration process.
A total of four credits (2 in fall, Capstone I, and 2 in spring, Capstone II) will provide experience in applying watershed science principles to real-world aquatic ecosystem management and restoration problems and projects. The two courses apply the principles covered in WATS 5300, Principles of Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration, and the depth of skills and understanding developed throughout the curriculum to actual management and restoration projects. Different case studies and on-the-ground projects in nearby watersheds will be used each year and students will gain direct experiencing working with restoration practitioners and managers to assess watershed impairments, create new plans to address those impairments, evaluate different conceptual design alternatives and prepare applications to win projects and navigate through the regulatory process.
WATS 5340 - Capstone I
Students learn the application of the principles, theory, and skills of Watershed Science to aquatic ecosystem management and restoration projects. Assignments and group projects include:
- diagnosing aquatic ecosystem impairments,
- objective definition,
- requests for proposals,
- restoration planning,
- regulatory permitting, and
- conceptual design.
Field trips are required.
WATS 5350 - Capstone II
Students learn the theory and skills covered throughout MRAE program to real-world management and restoration projects. Topics include:
- restoration design,
- adaptive management plan preparation,
- construction bidding,
- project implementation & construction oversight,
- post project appraisal, monitoring & mainteance,
Field trips required.
For students enrolled, all course materials can be found on this site, whereas you will submit assignments, track your grades and engage in collaborations on our Canvas Course Pages:
Past Versions of Canvas:
These capstone classes are the flagship synthesis of the WATS Management & Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems undergraduate major. The major is one of two programs offered through USU’s Restoration Consortium.