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Will Harman 
Stream Mechanics 


Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM CDT
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT

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US Army Corps of Engineers

3701 Bell Road

Nashville, TN 37214



Participants are responsible for their accomodations. A variety of hotels are available near the Corps office.

Course Cost

Registration is $1400 per person.  This includes course instruction, workshop notebook, and a color copy of the Stream Functions Pyramid Framework book.

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Stream Functions Pyramid and Quantification Tool 

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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 learn about the Stream Quantification Tool (SQT) and work with function-based parameters, measurement methods, and associated reference standards.

Participants will use the 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 and SQT can be used to:

  • Develop function-based goals and objectives,
  • Determine restoration potential,
  • Quantify 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