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Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects
Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects @ Burnaby, BC
Aug 8 – Aug 10 all-day
Course Description A comprehensive applied overview of skills, abilities and procedures required for effective monitoring of environmentally related construction projects. This course will include numerous practical exercises and case study reviews where participants are exposed[...]
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Electrofishing Certification
Electrofishing Certification @ Merritt, B.C.
Aug 15 – Aug 16 all-day
NRTG’s Electrofishing Certification course is approved by WorksafeBC (British Columbia), and endorsed by Worksafe agencies throughout Canada.  This course is two days in duration, and includes a Day One classroom lecture and demonstration followed by[...]
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Electrofishing Recertification
Electrofishing Recertification @ Merritt, B.C.
Aug 16 all-day
NRTG’s Electrofishing Recertification course is approved by WorksafeBC (British Columbia), and endorsed by Worksafe agencies throughout Canada. To complete this one-day course, participants will attend a regularly scheduled two-day Electrofishing Certification program and (simply) complete[...]
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Foothills Riparian Restoration Field Workshops
Foothills Riparian Restoration Field Workshops
Aug 23 – Aug 27 all-day
Attend one or more of these upcoming workshops to learn how to identify riparian plants, reconstruct stream banks, mitigate climate impacts, and participate in restoring your watersheds. These workshops are led by Sustainability Resources in[...]
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Electrofishing Certification @ Merritt, B.C.
Aug 15 – Aug 16 all-day

NRTG’s Electrofishing Certification course is approved by WorksafeBC (British Columbia), and endorsed by Worksafe agencies throughout Canada.  This course is two days in duration, and includes a Day One classroom lecture and demonstration followed by a Day Two field practicum session.  During Day Two, students will participate in a realistic electrofishing field session; wearing and operating the backpack electrofishing unit while also participating as dip netters and sampling crew. Attendance is mandatory for both days.

This course offers three levels of certification: ‘Crew Supervisor’, ‘Crew Supervisor-in-Training’ and ‘Crew Member’.  Each level of certification is determined by a participant’s:  1) grade on the course Knowledge Evaluation 2) level of competency during the field practicum.

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Electrofishing Recertification @ Merritt, B.C.
Aug 16 all-day

NRTG’s Electrofishing Recertification course is approved by WorksafeBC (British Columbia), and endorsed by Worksafe agencies throughout Canada. To complete this one-day course, participants will attend a regularly scheduled two-day Electrofishing Certification program and (simply) complete the Day Two field component (only), and complete a short exam.   Attendance is mandatory for this one day field practicum session.

This course offers three levels of recertification: ‘Crew Supervisor’, ‘Crew Supervisor-in-Training’ and ‘Crew Member’.  Each level of certification is determined by a participant’s level of competency shown during the field practicum session.

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Foothills Riparian Restoration Field Workshops
Aug 23 – Aug 27 all-day

Attend one or more of these upcoming workshops to learn how to identify riparian plants, reconstruct stream banks, mitigate climate impacts, and participate in restoring your watersheds.

These workshops are led by Sustainability Resources in collaboration with Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society) to discuss forests as an engineering tool, forests for water quality, and forests as a climate strategy. Guest speakers from Natural Resources Canada, the Government of Alberta, Alberta Tomorrow and others will provide participants with a greater understanding of carbon offsets, the carbon cycle, and the role of healthy watersheds in mitigating climate impacts.

  • Wednesday August 23rd Riparian Restoration & Land Use Planning with Alberta Tomorrow 
  • Thursday August 24th Riparian Restoration & Flood Recovery with AMEC Foster Wheeler and Cows & Fish
  • Friday August 25th Riparian Restoration & Carbon Accounting in Forested Landscapes with Natural Resources Canada
  • Saturday August 26th Riparian Restoration & Interpreting our Watershed with Harley Bastein, Piikani First Nation
  • Sunday August 27th Riparian Restoration & A Review of Carbon Credit Policy with the Government of Alberta
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Erosion & Sediment Control @ Nanaimo, BC
Sep 5 – Sep 7 all-day

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive, applied overview of skills, abilities and procedures required for effective erosion and sediment control planning, construction and maintenance. Participants are introduced to the theory and practice of erosion and sediment control via in-class lectures and exercises, and numerous field exercises. Considerable time is spent in a field-based practicum, focusing on planning, constructing, evaluating and maintaining erosion structures and products for a wide variety of applications.

Objective

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the connection between erosion and activities that modify the landscape;
  • Understand the erosion process and factors affecting erosion;
  • Define erosion control and sediment control;
  • Understand the difference between erosion control and sediment control practices;
  • Explore best management practices for erosion and sediment control;
  • Understand how site conditions affect the erosion process and the effectiveness of the best management practices and erosion and sediment control practices; and
  • Be able to properly select, install and maintain commonly used, effective erosion and sediment controls.
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World Multidisciplinary Earth Sciences Symposium (WMESS 2017) @ Prague (Czech Republic)
Sep 11 – Sep 15 all-day
This is the meeting point for the Earth Scientists & a forum for discussion of the latest findings and technologies in different fields of the Earth Sciences.
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Electrofishing Certification @ North Vancouver, B.C.
Sep 12 – Sep 13 all-day

NRTG’s Electrofishing Certification course is approved by WorksafeBC (British Columbia), and endorsed by Worksafe agencies throughout Canada.  This course is two days in duration, and includes a Day One classroom lecture and demonstration followed by a Day Two field practicum session.  During Day Two, students will participate in a realistic electrofishing field session; wearing and operating the backpack electrofishing unit while also participating as dip netters and sampling crew. Attendance is mandatory for both days.

This course offers three levels of certification: ‘Crew Supervisor’, ‘Crew Supervisor-in-Training’ and ‘Crew Member’.  Each level of certification is determined by a participant’s:  1) grade on the course Knowledge Evaluation 2) level of competency during the field practicum.

Water Quality Monitoring: Freshwater Sampling and Design @ Whistler, BC
Sep 12 – Sep 14 all-day

Course Description

The intent of the water quality monitoring and design course is to provide participants with knowledge required in order to sample and design programs for effluents and fresh water safely, properly, and with the ability to obtain the best scientifically-defensible results. This will be accomplished through the use of case studies and exercises which will reinforce the principles developed in the classroom. These will uphold current British Columbia Provincial and federal legislation and best management practices for monitoring program design.

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  • Define terms used in water quality that are crucial to being able to develop a good study design
  • Define the main principles in the design of effluent sampling programs and ambient fresh water quality monitoring programs, including but not limited to types of programs.
  • Contrast and define programs where these main principles have been followed in order to get a greater appreciation of the theory of the course.
  • Apply the understanding gained through the theoretical discussion and the practical real-life examples and develop their own study designs during the course.
  • Define the main principles in monitoring effluents and ambient fresh water quality monitoring of lakes and streams, including collection of representative samples for each case,
  • Define why different meters are used in monitoring, and the need for proper calibration of each.
  • Contrast and define programs where these main principles have been followed in order to get a greater appreciation of the theory of the course.
  • Contrast and apply the theoretical discussion on the practical real-life examples.
  • Sample effluents,stream and lakes in a safe and accurate manner.
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Streambank Restoration Techniques (SRT) @ Merritt, B.C.
Sep 21 – Sep 22 all-day

he Streambank Restoration Techniques (SRT) course is a comprehensive, ‘hands on’ training program where participants learn first-hand how to construct, install and maintain a variety of streambank restoration and bioengineering structures and techniques.  In this course, participants are introduced to the best practices in streambank and lakeshore restoration, soil bioengineering and erosion control.

The Streambank Restoration Techniques course is delivered in communities throughout North America, utilizing local field sites as the ‘classroom’.  Field instruction is almost exclusively field-based in realistic scenarios, where course participants learn how to perform technical skills and procedures under the direction of experienced instructors and practitioners.

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Electrofishing Certification @ Cochrane, Alberta
Sep 25 – Sep 26 all-day

NRTG’s Electrofishing Certification course is approved by WorksafeBC (British Columbia), and endorsed by Worksafe agencies throughout Canada.  This course is two days in duration, and includes a Day One classroom lecture and demonstration followed by a Day Two field practicum session.  During Day Two, students will participate in a realistic electrofishing field session; wearing and operating the backpack electrofishing unit while also participating as dip netters and sampling crew. Attendance is mandatory for both days.

This course offers three levels of certification: ‘Crew Supervisor’, ‘Crew Supervisor-in-Training’ and ‘Crew Member’.  Each level of certification is determined by a participant’s:  1) grade on the course Knowledge Evaluation 2) level of competency during the field practicum.

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Fish Habitat Assessment (FHA) – Level One @ Prince George, BC
Sep 27 – Sep 29 all-day

The Fish Habitat Assessment (FHA) – Level One course is an intensive, ‘hands-on’, field-based three-day review of standard North American fish and fish habitat assessment and evaluation methods.  In this course, participants will learn first-hand how to conduct measurements, assessments and evaluations of stream morphology, fish habitat features, substrate, pebble counts, stream impacts, and habitat limiting factors.

By the end of this course, participants will have the knowledge and skills to conduct a wide variety of standard and quantitative fish habitat assessments common to Canada and North America.  These assessment types include:

  • B.C.’s 1:20,000 Fish and Fish Habitat Inventory
  • B.C.’s Fish Habitat Assessment Procedure (FHAP)
  • Alberta’s QAES Fish Habitat Assessments
  • The ‘Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP)’
  • Fish Passage/Stream Crossing Assessment(s)
  • American Fisheries Society (AFS) Fish Habitat Assessment standards and procedures