River Course 201: Natural Channel Design Principles

Who Should Attend | Upcoming Workshop Dates | Registration Info |
Course Schedule | 
What to Bring | InstructorsProfessional Development Hours


About the Workshop

This 3-day workshop introduces concepts of stream restoration using natural channel design techniques. Participants work in small groups in the field to assess existing stream condition geomorphic conditions and develop reference reach design parameters. Participants work in small groups in the classroom to apply morphological design parameters to create a case study stream design for channel dimension, pattern, and profile. Design products include stream channel layouts, typical cross-sections, and longitudinal profiles, and basic hydraulic and sediment transport calculations. Other topics include in-stream structures, plan sheet development, design specifications, and construction.

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

There are no workshops scheduled for the remainder of 2019. Dates and locations have not been selected for 2020 but will be announced as soon as possible. If you have not done so already, we recommend subscribing to the mailing list to receive announcement emails about future workshops.

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Registration Information


River Course 101: Stream Morphology Assessment or equivalent experience in stream morphology assessment and terminology.


Government/Non-Profit Fee – $895.00

Regular Fee – $995.00

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: Brittany Santore

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests should be sent to bae_training@ncsu.edu for processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least twenty-one (21) days before the date of the workshop to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests made on twenty-one (21) day but before seven (7) days before the date of the workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative processing fee. Any cancellation requests made on or 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.

Severe Weather Cancellation and Refund Policy

In the event of severe weather, this workshop may be postponed or cancelled at the discretion of the workshop instructors and coordinators. If the workshop is postponed, you may receive a refund if you are unable to attend the newly scheduled date, time, and location. Please contact bae_training@ncsu.edu if you are unable to attend the re-scheduled workshop. If the workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If the workshop is postponed or cancelled, the workshop instructors and coordination staff are not responsible for participants not meeting their PDHs or CEUs requirements with their various professional licensing boards.

Venue and Lodging

Lodging for May 2019 Workshop

Renaissance Asheville Hotel

A group room block rate of $145 has been set up with the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To reserve your room, call 1-800-468-3571 and mention “2019 River Course 201” or reference #: M-EF9X5XK or use this reservation link. Deadline to receive group rate is April 22, 2019.

Other Area Hotels:

Four Points by Sheraton – 22 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801; Phone: 828-253-1851

Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown – 309 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801; Phone: 828-255-0001 

Course Schedule

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

Day 1
7:30 am Registration
8:00 am Classroom Discussion: Overview of Restoration
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Field Trip (Transportation Provided)

  • Restoration Project Tour
  • Bankfull identification, cross-section and slope measurements
5:00 pm Adjourn
Day 2
8:00 am Classroom Discussion: Review Reference Reach Data and Begin Group Design Exercise
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Continue Design Exercises
3:00 pm Overview of Structures
5:00 pm Adjourn
Day 3
8:00 am Classroom Discussion: Finalize
10:00 am Present Group Designs
11:30 am Lunch (Provided)
12:30 pm Restoration Construction and Case Studies
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.