River Restoration Certificate

Video about the Restoration Program

River Restoration Program: Management, Analysis, Ecology, Morphology, Design

Technical Director: Janine Castro, Ph.D., US Fish and Wildlife Service


The Environmental Professional Program’s River Restoration Certificate is the first of its kind in the country and is designed to extend the knowledge and skills of environmental professionals. The Restoration Program offers courses across a range of topics in river science and management including: stream ecology, site evaluation and assessment, and restoration design. Instructed by both regional and national experts and practitioners, the River Restoration curriculum is focused on collaborative planning, restoration theory, and field expertise using actual restoration projects. Graduates are awarded a certificate of completion once they have finished all the required courses.


The River Restoration Certificate consists of 5 core courses plus 2 *electives:

Core Courses

  • EPP 221 - River Restoration, Part I: Physical Processes 
  • EPP 222 - River Restoration, Part II: Ecological Processes 
  • EPP 223 - Site Evaluation and Assessment Tools 
  • EPP 224 - River Restoration Design 
  • EPP 225 - Restoration Project Management 


  • EPP 231 - Principles of Streambank Analysis & Stabilization 
  • EPP 232 - Streambank Soil Bioengineering Technical Training 
  • EPP 233 - RiverRAT: River Restoration and Analysis Tools 
  • EPP 234 - HEC-RAS: Steady Open Channel Flow Modeling 
  • EPP 235 - Applied River Restoration Field Course 
  • EPP 725 - Freshwater Mussels of the Pacific Northwest 
  • EPP 726 - Using Beavers to Restore Stream 

Certificate Details

The courses can be taken in any order, except for 224 (prerequisite 221). Students must complete all required courses within a three-year timeframe.

In addition to the five core classes, students must take two elective courses. Elective courses can be taken through EPP, other programs, other universities or volunteer activities or conferences. The only requirements are that each class must be at least one-day long, that both together must total at least three days (for example, a one-day course plus a two-day course), and that they must be related in some way to river restoration. Students must be able to show proof they attended (certificate of completion, registration, note form instructor, etc.). Electives should be completed within three years of starting the program and three years of completing the core certificate courses. If students are uncertain of what qualifies as an elective course they can contact EPP at (503)-725-5388 or epp@pdx.edu.