We offer tailor-made and off-the-shelf workshops to fit the needs of each client. All of our workshops include a combination of classroom lectures and exercises, which are reinforced with field tours and activities. The workshops include real-world examples of stream assessment and restoration applications from a wide range of conditions, including: rural and urban watersheds, steep and low gradient streams, sand and gravel bed material, and others.

Workshop Schedule

Natural Channel Design Review Checklist

National Conservation Training Center

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

October 1-4, 2018

2019 Workshop Schedule

Stream Functions Pyramid Framework

When: June 17 – 21, 2019
Where: Fort Collins or Denver area, CO

When: October 14 – 18, 2019
Where: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

Stream Quantification Tool Field Camp

When: April 8 - 12
Where: Asheville, NC

When: September 9-13, 2019
Where: Pinedale, WY

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Natural Channel Design Review Checklist

This course provides participants with training on how to use the Natural Channel Design Review Checklist. The course starts with an overview of stream processes, channel stability and function, restoration potential, and natural channel design techniques. Exercises are used to reinforce the concepts. From there, the participants are introduced to the Checklist and use it to review two case studies. A field trip is taken to demonstrate measurement techniques and to critique a local restoration project (if available). Participants will leave the workshop prepared to apply the Checklist to future designs submitted for their review, or as an aid to help determine the tasks required to complete a natural channel design. To see our brochure, click here.

 

Who Should Attend?

 

  1. Members of Interagency Review Teams, In-Lieu Fee Providers, and Mitigation Bankers
  2. Federal, State and Local Agencies with regulatory responsibilities
  3. Professional Engineers responsible for quality assurance/quality control of natural channel designs
  4. Natural channel design and stream restoration practitioners

Stream Functions Pyramid Framework

This workshop provides a framework for assessing stream functions to individuals involved in stream assessment and restoration/mitigation projects. Participants will learn that stream functions follow a hierarchical structure, which has been organized by hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, physicochemical, and biology categories. The workshop will include examples of how the framework can be used to improve:

 

  1. Project goal setting by focusing on stream functions rather that changes to dimension, pattern and profile
  2. The development of functional assessments for the purpose of determining functional loss at a site that has been impacted and functional gain resulting from restoration or mitigation
  3. The development of stream mitigation debit and credit determination methods.

The workshop includes lectures, classroom exercises and field exercises where the participants will apply the framework to the three examples provided above. For item number 2, participants will work with function-based parameters, methods to measure the parameter, and associated performance standards. To see our brochure, click here.

 

Who Should Attend?

 

  • Members of Interagency Review Teams, In-Lieu Fee Providers, and Mitigation Bankers
  • Federal, State and Local Agencies with regulatory responsibilities
  • Natural channel design and stream restoration practitioners

Stream Quantification Tool Field Camp

This course is for individuals who have taken the Stream Functions Pyramid Workshop and want further training on how to collect and enter field data into the Stream Quantification Tool (SQT). Three and a half out of five full days will be spent collecting field data using both the rapid and detailed methods. One and a half days (plus an evening) will be spent processing the field data, entering it into the SQT, and playing with functional lift and loss scenarios. There are no classroom lectures.

This is an intense course. It is designed for scientists and engineers who plan to use the SQT on future projects. Most days will be spent in the field regardless of weather conditions (unless the conditions are unsafe). One evening will be spent processing data. And the course doesn't end until 5:00p on Friday. If you've had the pyramid course and like adventure, this course is for you. Here is a general overview of the week.

Day 1 - Rapid Assessment of Impacted Stream Reaches

Day 2 - Detailed Assessment of a Reference Stream

Day 3 - Classroom Day: Process and enter data into SQT. Play with scenarios

Day 4 - Detailed Assessment of a Restored Site. Process data and enter into SQT.

Day 5 - Rapid Assessment of a Field Site. Process data and enter into SQT.

Project Demonstration Workshops

This off-the-shelf workshop series is designed for public agencies and private engineering firms who have secured a specific stream reach for a restoration project. The series includes four intensive workshops, all integrated into the restoration project. The workshop titles and description include:

Stream Assessment and Restoration Potential Workshop

The workshop provides intensive instruction on watershed condition assessments, baseline functional assessment based on the Stream Functions Pyramid, and the determination of restoration potential. The workshop is a mix of classroom lectures and field work on the project reach. In addition to the project reach, the workshop includes field work at gage stations and/or reference sites to partially develop watershed-specific regional curves, reference reach ratios and design criteria. The information generated by the workshop can be used to complete the design criteria, which is used to develop a natural channel design in the second workshop.

Natural Channel Design Workshop

The workshop provides intensive instruction on applying the natural channel design process to the project stream reach. The results from the function‐based assessment, restoration potential, and design criteria developed in the Stream Assessment and Restoration Potential Workshop are required to complete the design. Optional post‐workshop services include preparation of plan sheets and specifications that can be used to prepare final construction documents.

Construction Workshop

During the construction phase of the project, this workshop will provide instruction on key construction observation and inspection techniques. Participants will learn how to lay out in-stream structures, inspect channel dimensions, and affectively work with the contractor. An optional component includes working with local contractors to construct a natural channel design.

Project Monitoring and Adaptive Management Workshop

This workshop uses past demonstration projects to assess project performance and develop adaptive management plans. The workshop builds on the results of past off-the-shelf workshops, including the assessment, design, and construction workshops. Participants must have taken these three workshops in order to take this workshop. The monitoring will include cross sections, longitudinal profiles, bed material samples, vegetation assessments, and possibly macroinvertebrate and fish sampling. The data will be entered into spreadsheets to determine stability and functional condition trends since construction. Special focus will be given to determining if channel adjustments are within the natural range of variability or if adaptive management/maintenance is needed.

Tailor-Made Workshops and Training

Stream Mechanics also provides tailor-made workshops for private consulting firms, federal, state, and local agencies, and non-profit organizations.  Examples include:

  1. Developing geomorphic assessment and natural channel design training/mentoring programs for private engineering and consulting firms, based on the unique needs of the company.
  2. Assisting federal, state, and local agencies with incorporating the Stream Functions Pyramid and Framework into their Standard Operating Procedure.
  3. Modifying the Natural Channel Design Review Checklist to fit the client’s program needs/requirements.

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