Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design

July 27 - 31, 2015 in Logan, UT

Cost: $1850 ($1600 Early Bird Special if registered before June 1st)

This course is intended for those who wish to understand and apply the principles of sediment transport to alluvial channel assessment and design. Principles of open channel flow and sediment transport are combined with watershed-scale, hydrologic and sediment source analysis to place channel assessment and design in the appropriate context. Tools for estimating sediment supply at the watershed to reach level are applied in class exercises. Threshold and alluvial channel design methods are presented along with guidelines for assessing and incorporating uncertainty. The course balances advance reading, lecture, field work, and hands-on exercises for estimating sediment supply, calculating sediment transport rates, and forecasting channel response to water and sediment supply. This course is intended for participants who are familiar with basic principles of river geomorphology.

Note: The course covers a large amount of material. There are readings required in advance of the class, the week itself is intense, and there is additional reading and material to support your application of the principles after the course. Please sign up only if you plan to do the advance work!

Topics include:

  • Assessment of sediment sources and sinks using historic data, remote sensing, and field observations
  • Threshold and alluvial channel models with guidelines for assessment and design incorporating uncertainty
  • Sediment transport calculations: challenges and methods, sediment rating curves, cumulative transport
  • Field measurement of sediment transport and guidance for different sampling approaches
  • Use of 1-d flow and transport models: using HEC-RAS for evaluation of flow competence and sediment transport capacity
  • Class project incorporating gravel augmentation into channel design for dynamic fish habitat

Principal Instructors include:

  • Peter Wilcock (course director) - Professor and Head, Watershed Sciences, Utah State University
  • Tyler Allred, Principal, Allred Restoration
  • Patrick Belmont, Professor, Watershed Sciences, Utah State University

Workshop Logistics

Course Materials for 2015

Advance Materials for 2015

Course Schedule for 2015e Schedule for 2013

"Building Professional GIS Applications"

February 10th, 12th, 13th  in the evening from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday, Feb 15th from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon

Cost: $500

Dr. Philip Bailey (adjunct in WATS and principle of North Arrow Research) will be teaching an espresso short course on 'Building Professional GIS Applications' this February in Logan. If you want to learn how to take your geoprocessing workflows and algorithms, and turn them into professional GIS applications (e.g. stand-alone utilities, ArcGIS Plugins, ArcGIS Addins, toolbars) this workshop is for you.
See GIS course website for more information. 

"Geomorphic Change Detection: Restoration Monitoring" Workshop

April 27 - April 29, 2015

Cost: $950

This intensive 3 day workshop is intended for resource managers, restoration practitioners, researchers and others involved in the monitoring of rivers and/or streams. Participants will come away with a) an understanding of the theory and tools behind geomorphic change detection from repeat topographic surveying using a variety of ground-based and remotely-sensed surveying technologies; as well as b) a working knowledge of how to apply the Geomorphic Change Detection software (provided) to their own monitoring data. Examples will be used from both baseline monitoring and post-project monitoring of restoration projects.

Instruction team led by Joe Wheaton (Utah State University)

See GCD workshop website for more information:

"Partnering with Beaver in Restoration Design" Workshop

Not Scheduled at this time

Cost:  NA 

This 3-day workshop is intended for resource managers, restoration practitioners, researchers, graduate students and others interested in the use of beaver for restoring rivers and/or streams. Participants will come away with a) an appreciation of beaver ecology and the complex feedbacks between beaver activity, hydrogeomorphic responses, riparian vegetation and fish ecology;  b) knowledge of past and ongoing restoration projects using beaver; c) a working understanding of considerations in restoration designs using beaver; d) an introduction of how to develop dynamic designs utilizing beaver; and e) how to manage public expectations regarding potential restoration responses involving beaver.  This is the third year this workshop has been run and sixth time this instruction team has led the workshop. We have moved the venue from the Utah State University campus to Oregon this year so that participants can see a large scale experimental restoration project using beaver. The workshop will include field trips to a number of active local beaver colonies, hands-on design exercises in the field, and some interactive lectures and discussions. The workshop will run as a Friday through Sunday workshop as to minimize disruption to your work week. 

Nick Bouwes (Utah State University),  Chris Jordan (NOAA Fisheries), Michael Pollock (NOAA Fisheries), Nick Weber (Eco Logical Research, Inc.) and others will join Joe Wheaton (Utah State University) to lead this workshop.

See Beaver workshop website for more information:

Part I: Principles of Stream Restoration

Not scheduled at this time

Cost:  NA 

The course will potentially be offered again in future years. The purpose of Part 1 is to provide an overview of hydrologic, sediment transport, geomorphic, and ecological principles applicable to (1) assessment of stream channel condition, (2) developing approaches to stream management and restoration, and (3) evaluating project performance. The course emphasizes the inter-relatedness of hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport, geomorphology, aquatic ecology, fisheries, and riparian ecology. Part 1 is intended for agency and consulting industry professionals and others seeking an overview of the scientific basis of stream restoration.

Instructor is Jack Schmidt (USGS/ Utah State University)