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RENR 8106 - Wetland and Estuary Restoration

Renewable Resources Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

​This course covers the fundamentals of wetland and estuary form, function, classification and restoration in Canada. The wetland section of the course covers wetland classification, examines mechanisms of wetland loss and the importance of wetlands in storing carbon, and the physical, chemical and biological mechanisms by which constructed wetlands remove pollutants from urban storm water. The steps for building groundwater wetlands, surface water wetlands, wetlands with liners and floating surface wetlands will be examined, in addition to the steps for building and maintaining constructed wetlands. The estuary section of the course covers estuary classification, reviews the ecological importance of estuaries and reviews the physical, chemical and biological nature of estuaries. Procedures for restoring estuaries is covered, including dealing with invasive species (plant and animal) and legacy contaminants. The course will focus on re-establishing the carbon flux and storage in the estuaries through re-planting of sub tidal eelgrass, emergent sedges and strategic placement of large woody debris. Students will participate in a field trip to design a wetland for construction the following year, construct a wetland, or monitor the performance of a recently constructed wetland.


RENR 7003





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 40005

Thu Sep 09 - Thu Dec 09 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 09 - Dec 09 Thu 14:30 - 18:30 BBY SW09 Rm. 206


Laura Weatherly

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Departmental Approval is required. Please contact Giti Abouhamzeh at or 778-331-1392 to get permission. No class on Nov 11th.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Categorize the wetland regions in Canada, and Ramsar sites.
  • Categorize wetlands according to Canadian classification of wetland system, recognize wetland loss, and outline the rationale behind wetland restoration.
  • Examine the history of wetland drainage, evaluate soil taxonomy and texture, assess water chemistry and pollutant removal mechanisms.
  • Conceptualize carbon storage and wetlands, and the process of carbon sequestration mechanisms and emerging markets.
  • Contrast the three main types of wetlands: restored, created and constructed, outline how to find places to build wetlands, and how to build a surface water wetland.
  • Design groundwater wetlands, wetlands with liners, and floating wetlands.
  • Detail how to build a constructed wetland, and develop the mechanisms for pollutant removal.
  • Classify the types of estuaries on the Pacific Coast of North America.
  • Assess the ecological importance of estuaries, and review causes of estuary losses.
  • Assess estuarine chemistry, physics, stratification and circulation.
  • Evaluate estuarine biota; assess carbon storage, eelgrass and sedge ecology; and propose invasive-species management actions.
  • Assess the problems with restoring urban estuaries – heavy metals, oils, contaminated soils, urban drainage issues.
  • Design basics estuary restoration techniques – physical and large wood.
  • Design basic estuary restoration techniques – biological, aquatic, and terrestrial.

Effective as of Winter 2013

Related Programs

RENR 8106 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Ecological Restoration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Science


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