Community Partner

Clackamas County Water Environment Services, Watershed Health Education Program

Date of Award

Summer 2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Environmental Management (MEM)


Environmental Science and Management




Stream restoration -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Biodiversity, Restoration ecology, Benthic animals -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Freshwater invertebrates -- Ecology




Stream restoration is widely used to rebuild habitat for native fisheries, but it is not well understood how current habitat reconstruction practices affect biological diversity. Citizen Science programs have potential to provide supplemental macroinvertebrate data for effectiveness monitoring of reach-scale restoration projects but variability in training, experience and collection methods can make interpretation difficult. The Clackamas Water Environment Services Watershed Health Education Program (WHEP) is an example of a Citizen Science-based program actively collecting biological data from restored streams. The purpose of this project was to use WHEP student-collected data to detect benthic macroinvertebrate community responses to stream restoration practices. This report is not intended to establish biological criteria for restoration effectiveness monitoring but to provide a framework for promoting education and engagement using invertebrate monitoring programs.


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A project report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Environmental Management.

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