Natural Channel Design Review Methodology


Target Audience:

Field staff involved in the development and review of stream restoration designs using the natural channel design methodology.

Summary and Objectives:

This course teaches participants how to effectively review stream restoration designs developed using the NCD methodology. A combination of lectures, field sessions, and classroom exercises will provide practical experiences in the review of NCD stream restoration projects.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Provide a general overview of fluvial principles and processes including hydrology and hydraulics; sediment transport; hydrology, hydraulics, and sediment models; and topics in geomorphology, such as watershed/landscape processes, stream stability, bankfull discharge, and physical habitat.
  • Provide a general overview of restoration objectives and methods, including objective setting, watershed restoration and management, NCD methodology, restoration and stabilization techniques and structures, and monitoring.
  • Provide instruction on the use of an assessment and design review checklist, including a classroom exercise with an example of an NCD stream restoration.
  •  Visit completed stream restoration projects to discuss the application of the NCD methodology.
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