IECA Canada | Urbanized Streams Workshop
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Canadian Workshop: Repairing Incised and Degraded (Urbanized Streams)

This two-day course will present the current state of the art with regards to environmentally-sensitive stream and river repair and bank protection.

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Dates: DELAYED to Fall 2017

Location: Earth Rangers Centre, Woodbridge

Instructor: John McCullah

Hosts: Canadian Chapter of IECA and TRCA

Price: $450


IECA Member Discount: 10%

Food: Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


John McCullah brings over 21 years of experience training others in erosion and sediment control, watershed restoration, stream restoration, and biotechnical erosion control (Bioengineering). He has been a Certified Professional in ESC since 1986, and has a BS in Watershed Geology from Humboldt State University, and is a contractor. John  served on the IECA Board of Directors for 5 years and remains a member, and published the award-winning Erosion Draw Manual with AutoCad Typical Drawings in 1994.


Currently, he owns and operates Salix Applied Earthcare (Salix), a consulting firm.


Learn more here.

Event Details

The training will combine classroom and hands on learning – combining theory with the practical applications and lots of case studies.



1: Basic Fluvio-geomorphology

2: Techniques for Channel and Bank Stabilization

3: Other Solutions



  • Basic fluvio-geomorphology
  • Stream forms and processes
  • Proper Functioning Condition
  • Hydromodification
  • Environmentally-sensitive techniques
  • Special construction techniques:
    • Without requiring costly river diversions/isolation techniques
    • Without excessive destruction of the stream banks and channel bottoms
    • Using designs that include appropriate bioengineering methods to ensure maximum geotechnical and habitat enhancements
    • With little to no downstream increases in turbidity!
  • “Thalweg Management” (an approach to natural river design that looks at the vectors of high velocity during large flows)
  • Environmentally–sensitive redirective techniques
  • Redirective methods, using well-graded stone and a wide array of bioengineering have been used successfully for decades throughout the US.
  • Relevant project case studies to show “the proof’s in the pudding”.



Hands-On Learning: 

Attendees with participate in:

  • A stream walk intended to help learn “how to read the stream”, identify geomorphic and vegetative indicators for OHWM and bank full discharge elevation, how to chose appropriate plants and discuss construction methods
  • The construction of a couple of demonstration bank protection methods
  • Harvesting and handling willow materials to learn how the willow stake, live branch and pole cutting can be incorporated into a biotechnical method like Vegetated Mechanically Stabilized Earth (VMSE) using coir blocks and compost socks.



Attendees with receive a CD/DVD Version of ESenSS design guidance manual (USD$100 value) which includes over 5o Bank Protection Method Techniques.