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In this seminar, you will learn from expert practitioners how to incorporate fluvial processes and biotechnical engineering and soil bioengineering principles into proper stream corridor management and stormwater channel design.

Course Outline
After attending this course, you will be able to:
  • apply bioengineering principles that apply to contemporary stormwater channel design
  • develop a basis for plant selection in slope stabilization in view of natural habitat considerations
  • assess stormwater management needs from a watershed perspective
  • gain new insights into stream channel design methods.
  • understand how to design stormwater management facilities in urban areas that will not disrupt channel functions
  • study hydraulic engineering and bioengineering applications
Description The traditional approach to stormwater management is to route flow through concrete lined channels and pipes away from the site as quickly as possible.  The result of this strategy has often been degradation of the downstream environment due to flooding, habitat destruction and unaesthetic channels through urban and rural settings.

More recently, feasible alternatives to the traditional approach have emerged, employing broader perspective that includes understanding of stream channel processes and advances in biotechnical engineering and soil bioengineering.  These new strategies integrate specific characteristics of structure and function of natural channels and the complementary use of vegetation to prevent shallow slope failures and erosion, and new plantings to repair slope failures and improve watercourse stability.

In this seminar, you will learn from expert practitioners how to incorporate fluvial processes and biotechnical engineering and soil bioengineering principles into proper stream corridor management and stormwater channel design.
Objectives To incorporate a watershed perspective into stormwater engineering design, to understand river corridor measurements and their implications for the design process, to understand the various approaches to stream rehabilitation and design, to learn how to select and acquire plant materials for biotechnical engineering and soil bioengineering, to understand how to incorporate this information into a comprehensive stream corridor management.

Who Should Attend
Design and consulting engineers, landscape architects, municipal personnel, technologists and technicians who work with stormwater, site developers, planners and regulators.  Individuals who have a basic understanding of hydrology will get the most from the seminar

Faculty: Chris Cummings, Restoration Specialist and Aaron Corr, Channel Designer - Parish Geomorphic Ltd.

Program Outline

Day I

8:00         Coffee and Registration

8:20         Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:30         Stream Management And Restoration Guidelines

  • Stream corridor management guidelines
  • Problem formulation
  • Planning assessment
  • Detail design
10:00        Refreshments and Networking

10:15        Assessing the Watershed and its Stream Corridors
  • Functions That Stream Corridors Provide
  • Discussion of the changes of watershed hydrology and sediment yield in those functions
11:20         Tools for Analyzing Geomorphic Data


1:30           Data Collection Methods

2:45           Catch up, Review, Q and A Session

3:00           Rapid Assessments

Day II

8:30          Recap of Day 1 and Questions

9:00          Approaches to Channel Design

        Refreshments and Networking

10:20        Structures and Treatments Within Channel Design

11:20        Plant Selection and Suitability

  • Selecting suitable plants for the riparian function
12:00        Lunch

1:00          The Design Process - Getting Beyond Channel Form

          Refreshments and Networking

2:40          Monitoring Stream Channels and Corridors

3:20          Case Study

4:00          Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

  Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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