Stream Assessment Workshop
April 18-19, 2018
CASIC Building
559 Devall Drive, Room 109
Auburn, Alabama


This 2-day workshop introduces concepts of fluvial geomorphology and stream processes related to channel and floodplain formation, bankfull stage identification, regional hydraulic geometry curves, applications of the Rosgen classification system for natural streams in the Southeast, and assessment tools for stream morphological and ecological conditions. Morning classroom sessions are followed by afternoon field sessions where students work in small groups to measure stream physical and ecological conditions. Students will learn to calculate stream morphology relationships for channel dimension, pattern, and profile by hand and using a spreadsheet. Students will also learn about field techniques for measuring streambank erosion, pebble count techniques for substrate analysis, and channel assessment of reference and impaired streams. These assessment techniques provide a basis for determining a stream system’s departure from reference conditions and opportunities for restoration. Students should bring field gear, waders, calculator, and a laptop for Excel spreadsheet calculations. This workshop is open to individuals from all backgrounds interested in learning to assess stream conditions. Future workshops on stream restoration techniques will be based on the concepts learned in this fundamental workshop.



April 18
7:30 – 8 am Registration
8 am Welcome and Introductions
Principles of Fluvial Geomorphology
Field Assessment Techniques

Noon Lunch

1 pm Field Trip to Local Stream
Stream Morphology Assessment

5 pm Dinner Discussion (optional)

April 19
8 am Stream Classification
Regional Curves

Noon Lunch

1 pm Field Trip to Local Stream
Stream Morphology Assessment

5 pm Adjourn


Greg Jennings, PhD, PE, Jennings Environmental, LLC, NC State University Professor Emeritus
Justin Barrett, PE, Five Smooth Stones Restoration, PLLC
Eve Brantley, PhD, Auburn University, Associate Professor, Dept of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences


Online registration

General registration $400
Government / Nonprofit $300

Limited to first 30 registrants

1.4 Continuing Education Units requested from Auburn University


Sponsored by Auburn University, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, City of Auburn, Auburn University Water Resources Center


Development of Ecogeomorphological Curves for the Piedmont Region of Alabama

Appalachian Plateau Regional Curves Final Report

Piedmont Regional Curve

Classification of Natural Rivers (Rosgen)

Rosgen Classification Chart

Reference Reach – Blueprint for Natural Channel Design (Rosgen)

Federal Interagency Handbook Stream Corridor Restoration


2018 Stream Survey Data Sheets


Stream Condition Rapid Assessment


Presentations (PDF)

Introduction to Streams

Stream Morphology

Stream Classification & Stability

Parkerson Mill Creek Watershed Overview