River Course 201: Natural Channel Design Principles

Message Regarding Coronavirus

The April 21-24 workshop has been canceled, with plans to reschedule later in the year. More details to follow soon. For current information about the status of the workshops, please visit the Workshops and Conferences Homepage.

Upcoming Workshops

April 21-23, 2020 – CANCELED

NC State University
Edward Booth Labs
4000 Chi Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

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 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

Registration Fee Information

Government/Non-Profit Fee – $895
Regular Fee – $995

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

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

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
  • Calculator and a laptop with excel for classwork

Optional materials to bring include:

  • Rain gear
  • 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:

  • 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.