River Health and Restoration Workshops

 Buffalo River restoration in Hawley, MN

The foundation of these workshops is to teach the fundamentals of stream science including fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, connectivity, biology, and water quality. The workshops also educate attendees in reference reach geometry techniques and approaches that ensure long-term health, stability and resilience (image: Buffalo River restoration in Hawley, MN).

River Health and Restoration Workshops and Mentoring Opportunities

2020 Workshop -postponed to 2021

The Fundamentals of River Science: Applied Geomorphology and Ecology
August 3 - 7, Fergus Falls, Minnesota postponed to tentative date of June 14-18, 2021.
This course discusses the fluvial geomorphological processes involved in creating and maintaining a stream’s shape and stability, as well as the fundamental hydrology and hydraulics of rivers. We teach the skills necessary to properly determine a stream segment’s type and degree of stability that requires the collection of field data needed for classifying streams based on bankfull channel dimensions, sinuosity, entrenchment, and slope. Upon completion of this course, attendees will have the field and office skills fundamental to stream restoration, including a firm knowledge of the functions and processes that are critical to a river’s health and biodiversity.

Workshop Information

River Science Series

  • The Fundamentals of River Science: Applied Geomorphology & Ecology
  • River Monitoring & Assessment
  • Restoring River Ecosystems: Design & Application

The Science of Healthy Waters Series

  • The Ditching Dilemma
  • The Dam Dilemma

Diagnosing Streams: Symptoms, Underlying Causes, & Remedies

Interested in a workshop?

The workshops offered each year are partially determined by the number of requests. To submit your request for a workshop, or if you have questions, contact Amy Childers.