Course Fees
About the Instructor -
Dr. John Field
Course Description
Continuing Education
Cancelation Policy

Dates & Duration

Day 1: Monday, Oct. 18 9am-5pm ET (virtual instruction through Zoom)

Day 2: Tuesday, Oct. 19 9am-5pm ET (virtual instruction through Zoom)

Day 3: Wednesday, Oct. 20 9am-4:30pm ET (optional in-person field trip)

Day 4: Friday, Oct. 22 10am - 1pm ET (optional virtual field trip)

Course Locations

The first two days will take place virtually through Zoom, and will have a focus on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Please make sure to download Zoom beforehand to allow for full engagement. You can download Zoom here: https://zoom.us/download

On the third day, there is an optional field trip to stream restoration sites near Alexandria, VA and Annapolis, MD.

On the fourth day, there is an optional virtual field trip visiting the same stream restoration sites near Alexandria, VA and Annapolis, MD.

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Course Fees 

Course = $690Save up to $100!

In-person Field Trip + $345 (optional)

Virtual Field Trip + $250 (optional)

Discounts available:

  • Early registration (before Sept. 24th) = -$25
  • River Management Society Members = -$50
  • Register 2 or more individuals = -$25 each

Maximum capacity = 32 participants

About the Instructor - Dr. John Field

John Field

     Dr. John Field, President and founder of Field Geology Services, received a PhD in 1994 from the University of Arizona with concentrations in fluvial geomorphology and hydrology.  As a university professor, Dr. Field received two excellence in teaching awards and was active in training teachers and government agency personnel on techniques for assessing the stability and habitat conditions of rivers and streams.  Dr. Field’s research on flooding and habitat issues has been published in numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and presented at professional meetings throughout North America.  In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Field has 20 years of consulting experience that has included geomorphic assessments on over 1,000 miles of rivers and streams in 15 states and 11 other countries worldwide to identify the causes for riverine problems such as erosion, flooding, elevated sediment/nutrient loading, and habitat degradation. The assessment results have informed the design and implementation of over 40 miles of bank stabilization and stream restoration projects. Since starting Field Geology Services, Dr. Field has offered short courses that have been attended by hundreds of participants.  Dr. Field’s excellence in assessing and restoring unstable streams was recognized through receipt of U.S. EPA’s Environmental Merit Award.

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Course Description 

   Stream restoration has become a significant component of efforts to meet aquatic life standards and nutrient reduction targets in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed mandated by EPA. An understanding of fluvial geomorphology can be helpful in establishing the underlying causes for stream degradation and bank erosion, anticipating how the stream will change over time if no restoration occurs, developing appropriate restoration strategies for the given setting, and foreseeing how streams will respond to a proposed restoration project. In this way, the actual needs for restoration can be documented, restoration projects tailored for a given site, and better restoration outcomes achieved.This course will focus on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed with several local streams and restoration projects featured, but should be of value to others throughout the country as the basic principles of fluvial geomorphology and stream restoration to be discussed are applicable everywhere.

Photo of bank stablization using wood. By John Field   This two-day short course will explore the principles of fluvial geomorphology and stream restoration in a virtual format with an optional third day on site field trip to stream restoration sites in Maryland and Virginia (with a virtual option available for those unable to attend in person). The course is designed for government officials, environmental and engineering consultants, construction contractors, non-profit watershed groups, educators, and others dealing with flooding, erosion, nutrient loading, and habitat issues along rivers and streams.

    While some quantitative methods will be introduced, the course will focus on the underlying concepts of fluvial geomorphology that are needed to effectively apply quantitative methods in stream restoration designs and to anticipate how streams will respond to a restoration project or other human activities along rivers and streams. The short course will highlight process-based restoration practices, which are typically more effective, sustainable, and cost effective than form-based practices. Whether designing stream restoration projects yourself or reviewing plans to determine their potential effectiveness, this short course will provide you with the background and practical experience to identify the best restoration approaches for a particular setting and set of project objectives.

    The short course will consist of visual presentations, small group exercises, and hands-on activities that will provide participants with practical experiences and examples (from around the country including many from the Chesapeake Bay watershed) to recognize unstable channel reaches in a watershed and identify the most appropriate stream restoration techniques that will best address the identified instabilities, if present. The first day of the short course will focus on the basic concepts of fluvial geomorphology including extended discussions on stream equilibrium and channel classification. The second day will examine numerous stream restoration practices through a series of case studies that will highlight the many issues that must be considered to successfully and sustainably restore rivers and streams and to anticipate potential problems even before a restoration design is complete. The optional  third day and fourth day field trips will tour examples of completed restoration sites in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that will reinforce the concepts and lessons of the first two days. 

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Course Objectives

Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain and appropriately apply the key concepts of fluvial geomorphology such as the principles of equilibrium, channel classification methods, channel evolution, and sediment transport capacity.

  • Demonstrate how fluvial geomorphology can be used in watershed assessments to identify the underlying causal mechanisms for channel instabilities that lead to erosion, flooding, and nutrient loading problems that are responsible for significant infrastructure damage and environmental degradation.

  • Identify common errors made during stream restoration projects when the basic principles of fluvial geomorphology are poorly understood and anticipate such problems during the design and review process prior to implementation.

  • Discuss the appropriate settings and conditions within which to employ a variety of widely used stream restoration techniques and the benefits they provide.

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Continuing Education

This training is under review to become pre-approved for continuing education credits under SER's Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner program.
Please check back for more information.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing the 2-day course.

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 Cancelation Policy

If you need to cancel your reservation and you notify RMS by October 1, 2021, we will return your full payment. If we receive your cancellation between October, 2-15, we will return the amount of your payment minus $50. While we will not be able to return funds for cancellations received after October 15, we will apply fifty percent (50%) of your total registration to a future workshop hosted by the RMS River Training Center or Field Geology Services.

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