Wetland, Stream Bank, and Shoreline Restoration

Full-Day Training Course

Urban Streams - Repairing Entrenched and Degraded (Urbanized) Streams – Techniques and Case Studies

Sunday, February 11
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

PDH: 7

Location: 103A

This class is a must for Engineers, Hydrologists, Planners, and Ecologists who are challenged with Urban Stream "greening", highway repair, and channel restoration. Join these experienced project designers and builders to see what has worked and what not. The training will be fast and fluid, using case studies, Dirt Time movie clips and extensive use of Case Studies. Guidance documents, including the NCHRP Report 544 - Environmentally Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods on CD, will be provided for free.John will present information that will be exceptionally relevant to the Pacific Coast, California, and Pacific Northwest where endangered salmonid species and the associated life stage habitats are of concern. As a watershed restorationist and design/ build contractor John will show how special construction techniques, combined with these "self-mitigating habitat enhancing methods" can build projects; 1. Without requiring costly river diversions/isolation techniques, 2. Without excessive destruction of the stream banks and channel bottoms, 3. Using designs that include appropriate bioengineering methods to ensure maximum geotechnical and habitat enhancements, and 4. With little to no downstream increases in turbidity!
Attendees will learn about "thalweg management", an approach to natural river design that looks at the vectors of high velocity during large flows, not just the average channel velocities or shear. And you will learn about the environmentally-sensitive redirective techniques, such as Rock Vanes and Bendway Weirs, which can be employed to "manage the thalweg". Redirective methods, using well graded stone and a wide array of bioengineering have been used successfully for decades throughout the US. Similarly, John has designed and built projects in ecologically sensitive streams throughout California, Canada and New Zealand. John will present relevant project case studies to show "the proof's in the pudding".

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John McCullah

Salix Applied Earthcare, LLC

John McCullah, Watershed Geologist and CPESC #311, owns Salix Applied Earthcare LLC, a consulting firm in Redding, California. Since 1994, the company has been implementing Erosion Control, Watershed Restoration, Bioengineering and Biotechnical Streambank Stabilization projects. A Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control since 1986, John has spent three decades working with expertise and passion, developing and implementing BMPs for urban areas, coastal bluffs, steep adverse slopes and riverine environments. He is also the developer of the popular software design manuals: ErosionDraw, BioDraw, and ESenSS. Mr. McCullah was one of the principle researchers of National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 544 – Environmentally-Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Measures. McCullah has been an active member of IECA for over 2 decades.

John, who has been an adjunct/part time professor at Shasta Community College has collaborated with the College and Western Chapter IECA to hold annual BMP (in the Spring) Summit and Stream Summit (in the Fall). see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNjfNci4a2w and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsWqLbNytBo

John’s recent courses include “Repairing Incised and Degraded Urban Streams” and “Effective Best of the BMPs”, both available from International Erosion Control Association, StormCon, or through IECA on Location. He recently returned from New Zealand after providing keynote addresses to the Australasia Chapter of IECA and providing “Masters Courses” in Auckland and Christchurch. This material is scheduled to be presented, and more, in Toronto in the Fall. Go to www.watchyourdirt.com for more info and free Stream Summit video clips.


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