Workshops

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

Stream Functions Pyramid Framework

October 24-27, 2017 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV

Natural Channel Design Review Checklist

June 13 - 16, 2017 in Anchorage, AK

Assessing and Restoring Low Gradient Streams (New Course)

May 1 - 5, 2017 in Vicksburg, MS

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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

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 three 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.

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.