River Course 101: Stream Morphology Assessment

Who Should Attend | Upcoming Workshop Dates | Registration Info | Venue and Lodging | Course Schedule | What to Bring | Instructors |
Professional Development Hours | Online Resources


About the Workshop

This 3-day workshop introduces concepts of fluvial geomorphology and stream processes related to channel and floodplain formation, bankfull stage identification, regional hydraulic geometry curves, applications of the Rosgen classification system for natural streams in the Southeast, and stream stability assessment. Participants work in small groups in the field to measure stream physical conditions and calculate stream morphology relationships for channel dimension, pattern, and profile. Participants also learn about field techniques for measuring streambank erosion, pebble count techniques for substrate analysis, and channel stability assessment. 

Who Should Attend

This course is recommended for the following groups of individuals:

  • Environmental Professionals
  • Engineers
  • Ecologists
  • Biologists
  • Hydrologists
  • Geomorphologists
  • Landscape Architects
  • Planners
  • Natural Resource Program Managers

Upcoming Workshop Dates


May 8-10, 2018

Renaissance Asheville
31 Woodfin Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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Registration Information


Government/Non-Profit Fee – $795.00

Regular Fee – $895.00

Payment Instructions

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for payment of your registration fee. Or you may send us a check made payable to NCSU – BAE. Mail to:

Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Christina Shepard

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests should be sent to bae_training@ncsu.edu for processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least seven (7) days before the date of the workshop to receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative processing fee. Any cancellation requests made within seven (7) days of the workshop will receive a 50% refund. Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time at no cost. Please send an email to bae_training@ncsu.edu requesting a substitution.

Venue and Lodging

Workshop Location

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
31 Woodfin Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801


A group room block rate of $161 has been set up with the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To reserve your room, call 828-252-8211 and mention “NC State University River Course 101” or click HERE to reserve online. Deadline to receive group rate is April 9, 2018.

Other Area Hotels:

Four Points by Sheraton – 828-253-1851

Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown – 828-255-0001

Course Schedule

Below is a sample schedule of the workshop to demonstrate the topics that will be covered. Actual schedules may vary from class to class.

Day 1
7:30 am Registration
8:00 am Classroom Discussion: Stream Morphology, Ecology & Classification
12:15 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Field Trip (Transportation Provided)

  • Bankfull identification, cross-section measurements
5:00 pm Adjourn
Day 2
8:00 am Classroom Discussion: Stream Classification Review and Exercise, and Stream Restoration Planning and Design
11:00 am Field Trip (Transportation Provided)

  • Reference Reach Survey: cross-section, pattern, profile, pebble count and stream classification
11:30 am Boxed Lunch (provided)
12:30 pm Continue Field Trip Exercises
5:00 pm Adjourn
Day 3
8:00 am Classroom Discussion: Reference Reach Data Compilation and Analysis Using Spreadsheet and Stream Stability Assessment
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Field Trip (Transportation Provided)

  • Bank Stability and Substance Sampling
3:00 pm Adjourn

What to Bring

Participants should bring the following materials with them to each day of the workshop:

  • Field gear, waders/boots for field trips
  • Calculator and a laptop with excel for class work

Optional materials to bring include:

  • Rain gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray

Our Instructors

Barbara A. Doll, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Barbara Doll joined North Carolina Sea Grant in 1992. Her current interests focus on repairing degraded stream systems, reducing the impacts of non-point source pollution and assessing the effectiveness of restoration practices. Her recent research focused on the comprehensive evaluation of stream restoration performance.She is responsible for leading a multi-million dollar, three-phase project to restore Rocky Branch. This creek runs a mile through the North Carolina State University campus and is a tributary to the Neuse River. Doll is a founding member and current co-chair of the NC State University Stream Restoration Program (SRP). SRP is a team of faculty, staff and students working together to improve water quality and aquatic ecology through research, demonstration projects and education.


Gregory Jennings, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Gregory Jennings, joined NC State in 1990 as an Assistant Professor. He progressed through the academic ranks and was named Professor in 2001. Over his career at NC State Dr. Jennings made significant contributions in the areas of water quality, watershed management, stream restoration, and ecological engineering. He served as Water Quality Coordinator for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, in which role he coordinated interdisciplinary water quality educational and research programs. Dr. Jennings also led the development of the NC State University Stream Restoration Program, probably the pre-eminent program across the United States, that has educated both students and professionals through delivery of education programs based upon research conducted at NC State and elsewhere.


Jonathan Page, P.E.

Jonathan Page designs, implements and studies watershed, stream and river restoration approaches to increase ecological uplift and function. He conveys research and experiential findings to students, practitioners and other researchers through journal articles, fact sheets, short courses and conference presentations. His projects have included “green street” stormwater retrofits, treatment wetlands, stream restoration using natural channel design, regenerative stream channels, and integrated stream – wetland systems.

Professional Development Hours

The following professional development hours (PDHs) are awarded after successful completion of the workshop:

  • 16 PDHs professional engineers and land surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors)
  • Other professionals may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.

Online Resources

EPA WARSSS – http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/tools/warsss/index.cfm

Stream Functions Pyramid – https://stream-mechanics.com/stream-functions-pyramid-framework/

USDA NRCS NEH Part 654 Stream Restoration – http://directives.sc.egov.usda.gov/viewerFS.aspx?hid=21433