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Natural Channel Design Review Course is a Hit!
Northeast Region, July 13, 2009
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CBFO biologist, Rich Starr, leading field session of NCD course, USFWS
CBFO biologist, Rich Starr, leading field session of NCD course, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

When EPA (Region 6) needed a standardized method for stream restoration design, they turned to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office. The ensuing course, developed with Baker Engineering Inc., trains individuals to review stream restoration designs developed using natural channel design methodology (NCD).


NCD uses geomorphic measurements from stable streams as a template for designing the restored stream. Adjustments can then be made so that the restored stream can accommodate the flow and sediment without creating excessive erosion or deposition downstream.


The course, initially offered at National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia, was attended by two EPA regulators from each region. Topics covered included fluvial principles and processes, restoration objective, NCD methodology, stabilization techniques and monitoring. Participants learned assessment and design review though a combination of lecture, field sessions and classroom exercises.


The National Center for Conservation Training recognized the importance of this course and has added it to their course catalog. 


The second presentation of this course occurred in Kansas and was attended by Federal State and local government representatives as well as non-governmental organizations from Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. Administrators, regulators, public works employees and restoration designers and practitioners were among those attending.


For more information contact:

Rich Starr




Chris Eng



Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov
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