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Will Harman 
Stream Mechanics 


Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM EDT
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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National Conservation Training Center

698 Conservation Way                                     Shepherdstown, WV 25443


Participants are responsible for their accomodations. A block of rooms has been reserved at NCTC for your convenience. Download the course information sheet from the Stream Mechanics web page for instructions.  

Room rates are $129/night & includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. An additional $15/day sustainability fee will be charged to each room.


Registration is $1250 per person.  This includes course instruction, workshop notebook, and a color copy of the Stream Functions Pyramid Framework book.

If you are registering through the Department of Interior, please register directly with NCTC (as directed on your downloaded course information sheet).

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Stream Functions Pyramid Workshop 

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Workshop Description

This course is for individuals involved in stream assessment and restoration/mitigation projects and provides a framework for assessing stream functions. Participants will learn that stream functions follow a hierarchical structure, which has been organized by the following categories: hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, physicochemical and biology. The course starts with lectures and exercises on stream functions following the Pyramid Framework and then moves into applications. Participants will work with function-based parameters, measurement methods, and associated performance standards.

Participants will also work with the Stream Quantification Tool (SQT) to calculate the difference between a restored and existing stream condition. Field data will be collected and enterted into the tool to determine the existing condition. Participants will then model the proposed condition to calculate functional lift.

Learn how the framework can be used to:

  • Improve project goal setting by focusing on stream functions rather than changes to dimension, pattern and profile;
  • Run the SQT to determine functional loss or gain; and,
  • Develop stream mitigation debit and credit determination methods.  

The workshop includes lectures, classroom exercises/discussion, and field exercises. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Members of Interagency Review Teams, In-Lieu Fee Providers and Mitigation Bankers
  • Federal, State and Local Agencies with regulatory responsibilities
  • Natural channel design and stream restoration practitioners