River Course 101: Stream Morphology Assessment

Message Regarding Coronavirus

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Upcoming Workshops

March 3-5, 2020

The McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC 27606

This workshop is regularly offered twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
If a workshop is not posted above, we have no additional information to provide regarding future workshop locations or dates. If you have not done so already, we recommend joining our mailing list to be notified when new workshops become available.

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

Registration Fee Information

Government/Non-Profit Fee – $795
Regular Fee – $895

Registration fee includes breakfast items, lunch, workshop materials, and transportation to stream sites.

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: Brittany Santore

Please visit the registration website for current cancellation and refund policies.

Workshop Schedule

This is a sample schedule of the workshop to demonstrate the topics that will be covered. Actual schedules, including start and end time, may vary from class to class. Please refer to the workshop registration page and your confirmation email for times.


Please visit the registration website for lodging specific to the workshop’s location.

What to Bring

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

  • Field gear, waders/boots for field trips (depending on the conditions, field tours can be done in the rain)
  • Water bottle
  • Calculator and a laptop with excel for classwork

Optional materials to bring include:

  • Rain gear
  • Clipboard
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray


Barbara Doll, Ph.D., P.E.
Greg Jennings, Ph.D, P.E.
Jack Kurki-Fox, Ph.D., P.E.

Professional Development Hours

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

  • 16 PDHs for 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.