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Streambank Assessment and Restoration

Learn the concepts of natural channel form and function in streambanks, and how to determine which restoration methods are most suitable for different types of sites. Case studies and discussions will emphasize the importance of channel cross-section and landform geometry as they influence a stream’s connectivity with its floodplain. Students will learn how to evaluate channel conditions and assess restoration potential. Techniques for bank stabilization using natural materials and native vegetation will be discussed, including the use of various types of low rock and log toe structures, redirective techniques (vanes and weirs) versus resistive techniques (riprap and gabions), and biotechnical/bioengineering methods.


Chris Bowles, Ph.D., is a civil engineer specializing in hydraulics, hydrology, geomorphology, water resources, water quality and environmental restoration. He has more than 18 years of project management experience on a wide variety of large multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder projects, such as floodplain restoration, sediment studies, watershed hydrology and river and wetland restoration in California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Florida and overseas. His technical expertise includes hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, GIS and field data collection.
Chris Hammersmark, Ph.D., PE, is a registered civil engineer in California specializing in hydraulics, hydrology, geomorphology, forestry, ecology and ecosystem rehabilitation/restoration. He has more than 13 years of experience on a diverse array of projects including tidal marsh, stream, meadow and floodplain restoration; sediment and water quality studies; flood inundation and water supply investigations. Hammersmark also has extensive experience in the pre- and post-project monitoring and design evaluation of stream and river restoration projects and has been involved in interdisciplinary research regarding environmental restoration and water resources for more than eight years.
John McCullah has been a certified professional in erosion and sediment control since 1986 and a licensed California contractor (landscape) since 1988. He has been a practitioner in erosion and sediment control, watershed restoration, stream restoration, biotechnical erosion control (bioengineering), and road and trail inventories, reconstruction and restoration for more than 23 years. McCullah has taught watershed restoration at Shasta College for 16 years and has produced the training video series Dirt Time. McCullah has designed and built many environmentally-sensitive river and stream projects in a variety of places, including California, Alaska, Canada and New Zealand. 


Nov. 12: Wed., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA





Special Discounts:

$297.00 for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.
$297.00 for APACA Section & BIA members


.6 CEU, 6 Hours, 6 MCLE Hours, 6 AICP Hours, 6 REHS Hours






Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:

Land Use and Environmental Planning