Stream Restoration Workshop, SC 088
About this Course:
Government and not-for-profit agencies are charged with demanding environmental responsibilities. Stream management concerns and initiatives can range from protecting the stream corridor, to preventing debris jams, to repairing site-specific erosion problems, to large-scale stream restoration projects. Opportunities are often available to enhance or restore degraded streams and to convert them into community assets.
Environmentally sound stream management requires a basic understanding of stream dynamics including fluvial geomorphology. Restoration of streams includes applying principles of natural channel design to the extent that project limitations would allow.
Basic knowledge of watershed hydrology.
Who Should Attend:
Municipal, Park District, State, and Federal employees, Natural Area Managers, Homeowner Association Members, and Watershed Organization leaders with awareness of watershed management concepts.
Participants will gain technical and practical understanding for environmentally sound restoration of urban and rural streams.
Natural Channel Design consists of measuring geomorphic parameters from a reference reach and then applying the reference reach parameters to the design reach through the use of dimensionless ratios. Benefits of environmentally sound stream management can include:
- Cost-Effective Expenditures for Stream Restoration
- Improved Grant Funding Opportunities
- Recreational Opportunity
- Better Flood Protection
- Water Quality Improvement
- Reduced Sediment Removal / Debris Maintenance
- Habitat Restoration
- Addresses NPDES Phase II Permit Requirements
- Fish and Aquatic Insect Diversity / Fish Passage
- Stream Stability Increases Over Time
- Aesthetic Benefits
- Property Value Protection
- Reduced Construction Costs (Versus Hardscape Stabilization)
- Increased Public Safety
- Planting Aesthetics (Natural vs. Ornamental) Can Vary
- Prevents Loss of Land
- Wildlife Diversity
Ted Gray, P.E., CFM, CPESC
Living Waters Consultants, Inc.