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 workshop will demonstrate how to measure the physical aspects of the stream discussed in Part 1. Virtual in the field demonstrations will be provided on how to assess:
- Bankfull flooding
- Stream widths
- Stream depths
- Stream patterns
- Stream profiles
- Stream bank erosion
- Stream scour
- Substrate measurements
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.
Each part will run over a two week time frame with the first week focused on the online classroom and the local field work assignments being conducted during the second week.
These are full time effort courses. The student should plan on at least 4 hours of dedication to the class per day 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.
Student Provided Equipment
You will need a builders laser level and rod to conduct the stream surveys. You will also need measuring tapes (>100’). You will not need full survey capabilities but you will need to be able to accurately measure stream pattern, dimension and profile.
For the design class you will need access to a drafting program like AutoCAD or MicroStation. However, you can also manually draft your designs if you do not have these resources. Alternatively, you can also use some of the free drafting programs like Google Drawings or similar.
It is highly recommended that you do the field work with a partner. Ideally, a fellow co-worker who is also taking the class.