The Swamp School is offering an online and virtual field workshop series on stream restoration. Upon successful completion of the program the student will be certified in stream assessment and restoration design. The program is divided into five key components and includes the latest state of the science methods and field techniques garnered from real world practical experience. Our program instructors have years of in the field experience with miles of stream restoration design knowledge.
This program is focused on the physics of the stream and the energy patterns associated with it. The emphasis will be to identify how water and land interact based upon a number of physical features. Some aspects of these geomorphic features include:
- Stream slope
- Watershed size
- Stream width and depth
- Stream patterns
- Stable flooding patterns
- Regional curves
- Impervious surface watershed impacts
- Identifying the stream type based upon the Rosgen Stream Classification System
This program is a blend of online presentations, discussions, assignments and tests. Virtual field workshops include demonstrations of methodologies and techniques.
The student will need to identify a local stream to use for field assignment purposes.
The class is presented in a topics format and will run for a total of 14 weeks. Students can work at their own pace and complete the course in as little as 2-weeks or progress at more relaxed 14 week speed. There is no specific time schedule when students can work on the class. This class is offered entirely online as a virtual classroom experience. However, this is an instructor lead class and our instructors stand ready to help you with any questions or clarifications you may have.
The student should plan on at least 3-4 hours per week with additional time in the field during data gathering days.
The field aspects of this class will require data collection that may be impacted by local weather conditions. Most of the field work can be done year-round so long as the stream being assessed is not covered by heavy snow or frozen solid. If the stream is flowing such that you can measure the channel you should not be impacted by the weather. If you are not able to conduct the field wok with the course time frame due to bad weather conditions, a class extension will be granted and coordinated with your instructor.