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Will Harman 
Stream Mechanics 


Monday, September 25, 2023 at 8:00 AM EDT
Friday, September 29, 2023 at 12:00 PM EDT

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 National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)         698 Conservation Way                             Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Lodging and Meals

Lodging and meals is provided by NCTC. Costs are the estimated to be between $152 and $172 per day. Room reservations (with meal plan) can be selected approximately 90 days before the course starts. Registrants will receive an email from NCTC with instructions.

Couse Fee

The course fee is $1,500 per person.



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Stream Functions Pyramid and Quantification Tool Workshop 


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 reference and 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 provided and enterted into the tool to determine the existing condition. Participants will then model the proposed condition to calculate functional lift. Participants will need a lap top computer with Excel in order to use the SQT.

Learn how the framework can be used to:

  • Improve project function-based goal setting;
  • Determine the restoration potential of a project reach; and, 
  • Run the SQT to determine functional loss or gain. 

The workshop includes lectures, classroom exercises, and discussion. A basic understanding of stream form and processes, channel measurements (dimension, pattern, and profile), Rosgen stream classification system, and processing data in an Excel spreadsheet will help participants get the most out of this class. Folks who have no background in stream processes sometimes struggle with this course.  

Who Should Attend?

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

 Do you work for the Department of Interior?

If you work for the Fish and Wildlife Service or other Department of Interior agency, register directly through the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). Note, the course name with NCTC is Functional Framework for Stream Assessment and Restoration (CSP3275).

Want to register multiple people from your company or organization? 

If you would like to register more than one person from your company or organization, click the "Add" button below the Additional Participant Information on the registration page.