Short Course: Using Fluvial Geomorphology in Watershed Assessment and Stream Restoration

Field Geology Services is pleased to offer a fluvial geomorphology short course entitled “Using Fluvial Geomorphology in Watershed Assessment and Stream Restoration”.  The course will be held April 26-27, 2017 at Viles Arboretum in Augusta, ME (across from ME DEP building) with an optional one-day fieldtrip on April 28th.  This course covers the basic principles of fluvial geomorphology and their use in watershed assessments and designing stream restoration projects.  A more complete course description is found below and is also available on the web at with an on-line registration form.  The short course is based on recent experiences throughout New England and around the world and is considerably more activity based than past courses, so may also be of interest to previous participants of Field Geology Services’ workshops.  Please pass this announcement to others that you think might be interested in this course.

Feel free to call 207-491-9541 or e-mail John Field at: for further information on registration or course content.  Registration discounts are available for groups of 2 or more and employees of non-profit or government agencies.  Register prior to March 31 and receive an additional discount as well! Please call or e-mail for information on special student pricing.

Using Fluvial Geomorphology in Watershed Assessment and Stream Restoration

This 2-day short course with third day optional field trip will provide an overview of fluvial geomorphology with a thorough discussion of key concepts such as the principles of equilibrium, channel classification methods, channel evolution, and sediment transport capacity.  A number of case studies from New England and elsewhere in the country will demonstrate how an understanding of fluvial geomorphology can be used in watershed assessments to identify the underlying causal mechanisms for erosion and flooding problems that are responsible for significant infrastructure damage and environmental degradation.  Additional case studies will be used to reveal common errors made in stream restoration projects when the basic principles of fluvial geomorphology are poorly understood.  The course will conclude with a discussion of the appropriate settings and conditions within which to employ a variety of widely used stream restoration techniques.  The field trip will be to stream restoration sites near the course location and will illustrate the fluvial geomorphology concepts and stream restoration techniques discussed in the course.

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