Spring 2018 Workshops

NCD LEVEL 1 – Geomorphic Processes of Natural Channels in the Arid Southwest: April 3-6, 2018, Flagstaff, Az.

NCD will be hosting our Level I workshop “Geomorphic Processes of Natural Channels in the Arid Southwest” on April 3 – 6 here in Flagstaff Az. This is an introductory workshop which focuses on providing information on how to recognize important stream features, how to conduct field measurement and analysis of basic stream dimensions as well as analysis of stability and stream function. We will focus on how to use the Rosgen Stream Classification system and how to use regional curves. If you work in riparian or stream habitats, aquatic ecology or water quality, or do work in watersheds that may affect downstream systems, then the information provided will help you collect, analyze and interpret meaningful stream morphology data that provides insight into stream physical and ecological stability and function.

This is a four-day workshop that will be held the week of April 3rd  and be presented in Flagstaff, Az. We will utilize local streams for our field work. Participants should come prepared to be outside and working in streams for an extended period of time. If you or your group have specific topics you would like to see covered in the course material, please give us a call and we will try to work it in.

Cost for this workshop is $1000/participant and includes a copy of the Applied River Morphology textbook by Dave Rosgen, transportation to field sites and lunch on field days. This workshop is limited to 20 participants, please fill out and return the registration form below or contact Cathy at cathy@naturalchanneldesign.com or call 928-774-2336.


Minimizing Road & Infrastructure Impacts to Streams Workshop: April 10 – 12, 2018, San Juan College, Farmington, NM.


Natural Channel Design, Inc. and Keystone Restoration Ecology in cooperation with New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau will lead a training workshop integrating road infrastructure and maintenance with successful stream and wetland restoration techniques. The principles of geomorphology and natural channel design will be illustrated. This methodology provides insight into stream physical and ecological stability and function. These are practical methods that are in widespread use and can be incorporated into design and maintenance activities to save money and preserve stream and wetland function.

This 2 ½ day workshop is geared for state, county, tribal engineers, maintenance staff, drainage engineers, district managers, and environmental staff. Closely matching engineering design with the central tendencies of the natural channel in both form and process results in a design that works with the existing watershed hydrology processes. Incorporation of these ideas into roads programs will reduce erosion and maintenance cost, and will often improve the health and function of an area. Reduction of channel sourced sediment and minimizing hydrologic and hydraulic impacts to channels and wetlands improves water quality, resource health and can lead to lower construction and maintenance costs for roadways and drainages.

This is a free workshop and transportation  to field sites will be provided. Space is limited so please RSVP Cathy using the form below or at cathy@naturalchanneldesign.com or call 928-774-2336.