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    STREAM SUMMIT AGENDA FOR OCT. 19th to 21st, 2016. 

    This is going to be an interesting and interactive summit. It is set up so 1/2 day Wednesday in the AM can be used for travel to Redding, Thursday will be a full day, and Friday the workshop will end at Noon so you will have time to travel home. 


    Wednesday 10/19

    1:00 to 4:30 pm Shasta College Downtown Campus - Room 8220 North-end of Downtown Mall (Free parking downtown parking garage off California St.)
    - Water and Soda provided
    1:00 - 1:15 pm Registration, sign-up sheets, form 3-4 groups
    Introductions and handouts, Thanks to sponsors (RoLanka, Filtrexx and Lynn Friesner)
    - John and Eric
    1:15 - 2:15 pm Presentation 1. - Environmentally-Sensitive Methods, - John will demonstrate the "design guidance manual you will receive on DC. Topics include: Geyserville Bridge Project, self-launching rock, re-directive methods vs riprap, working in live streams w/ no turbidity and more
    2:15 - 2:30 pm BREAK - grab a soda
    2:30 - 3:30 pm Presentation 2. - Eric - Watershed process-based restoration
    3:30 – 4:30 pm Presentation 3. - John - Bioengineering Topics, Bank stabilization, Stream Repair, CEM, and hydromodification solutions, Proper Functioning Condition. Case Study - Lucas Creek, New Zealand

    Thursday 10/20

    7:30 am - 5:00 pm

    SC Main Campus – Cafeteria "Center Stage Room"

    Cafeteria is building south of the Bookstore and near Quad. Main (north) parking lot is closest.

    7:30 – 8:00 am

    Sign-up sheet - Breakfast and Coffee, burrito bar, fruit, bagels

    8:00 - 8:30 am Welcome, group intros, maps of Stillwater Creek
    - intro to Chris H.
    8:40 – 9:40 am Presentation 4. - Chris - Engineering principles and more.
    10:00 – 10:45 am Presentation 5. - Eric - Plug and pond stream restoration projects in Idaho
    10:45 - 12:00 pm Panel discussion - John, Eric, Chris, all –
    - Restoration project permit challenges and solutions
    12:00 – 12:45 pm LUNCH, visiting, networking, talking to sponsors
    12:45 – 2:00 pm Presentation 7. - John - More on local 'eastern Shasta' streams, processes, Incision, local aggradations and Avulsion Erosion, in Cow Creek, Oak Run Creek, Stillwater Creek. Sub-watershed report summary w/ maps on Stillwater Creek.
    2:00 – 2:30 pm Go out to EC Facility and Creek
    • Participate in Biotechnical Bank Stabilization Demo, cut willow branches, bundle, help wrap coir and geo grid, build living walls with Compost socks etc.
    • White Board discussions, Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) primer
      Break into "Design Groups"
    • Walk Stream, preliminary assessment, and conceptual design
    5:00 pm Day ends

    Friday 10/21

    7:30 am -12:30 pm Meet at Stillwater Creek / EC Training Facility BYOC (Bring Your Own Caffeine) – Park near Big Oak / Tables
    7:30 – 8:00 am sign up sheet, Evaluate Bank Protection demo
    8:30 – 10:30 am  Creek Walk / Assessment all the way upstream to McConnell / College boundary. Groups design reparation/restoration, prepare conceptual plans by stations
    11:00 – 12:30 pm Groups present conceptual plans to all
    - Wrap up Discussions

    Watch our video below to see what you will be doing.




    Registration for the Stream Summit is open!




    John's Keynote & Master Class in NZ

    Dear New Zealanders,

    We're coming back!  John has been invited back to New Zealand to provide some Keynote Addresses at the Erosion and Sediment Control Conference in Auckland on Aug 31-Sept 2.  The Conference is held collaboratively by the IECA Australasia and NZHIT (New Zealand Highway Institute of Technology.

    Master Class

    While in New Zealand John is teaching two full day Masters Courses on Stream Repair and Design - "Repairing Entrenched, Incised, and Degraded (Urbanized) Streams – Techniques and Case Studies”. One class will be held in Auckland and one in Christchurch.  Hope to see you there!
    Lucas Creek, near Auckland/Albany, if you remember, was similarly “restored” back in October 2010.  The term “restored" is used here loosely because, in fact, the stream function was restored to accommodate extensive urbanization - new motorways, shopping mall, rugby stadium etc.

    Now, 6 years later, John and Robert Coulson visited the creek.  It is performing beautifully and this has apparently been an extremely wet winter!  
    The accompanying photos show that the stream is Functioning Properly, e.g., “passing flood flows and channel sediment without visible signs of erosion.  The vegetation is healthy and the aquatic habitat appears excellent”.  For this design, John used the published report , NCHRP Report 544- Environmentally-Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods.





                               Repairing Incised and Degraded (Urbanized) Streams –                          Assessment, Techniques and Case Studies

    October 19th – 21st, 2016

                                           A 2-day Workshop to be held at Shasta College                                       includes Class and Field Practicum


           John McCullah, Geomorphologist/Bioengineer, CPESC 

            Eric Berntsen, PH, CFM, CPESC, Habitat Restoration Hydrologist 

     Guest Speaker:

    Chris Hammersmark, Ph.D., P.E., Ecohydrologist, cbec, inc. ecoengineering

    Stillwater Creek, running thru the college, is a highly impacted salmonid stream that has been gravel mined, lined with tires and gabion baskets (circa 1979).  Now incised over    25-ft, Stillwater represents a typical “urbanized/hyrdomodified” stream system that will provide a living laboratory for developing repair and restoration strategies.


    Topics Covered:  Bioengineering and biotechnical Stabilization, Geomorphology, Redirective        vs. Resistive Methods, Thalweg Management, Hydromodification, Channel Evolution Model, Environmentally-Sensitive Channel and Bank Methods, Bank Full Discharge, OHWM, Self-Launching Rock Gradations.