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E930 IEMC/Community Specific: Greater Federal Way, WA

L580 Emergency Management Framework for Tribal Governments

L101 Foundations of Emergency Management

L101 Foundations of Emergency Management

E157 Hazard Mitigation Community Education & Outreach Specialist Qualifying Course

E386 Residential Coastal Construction

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Fundamentals of Industrial Stormwater Management

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Stormwater Pollution Modeling for LID, TMDL, and Retrofitting Analyses— An Overview of WinSLAMM

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Construction Site SWPPP Compliance: Tools, Tricks, and Tips

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
BMP Selection to Improve Your Watershed

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Developing Effective & Practice Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Hurricane Awareness (AWR-343)


Repairing Entrenched, Incised, & Degraded (Urbanized) Streams - Techniques & Case Studies
Location:  Bellevue, WA
Time:  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM 
Forester Media

Bellevue, WA

Urban stream entrenchment, incision, and degradation are a high-priority, national issue leading to poor water quality, loss of riparian function, loss of aquatic habitat and costly threats to infrastructure. Roads, highways and bridges are especially subject to these impacts; the repairs and remediations are often costly and commonly rely on riprap, concrete or other “hard engineering” techniques that do not address the underlying problems – excess stream energy. Acquiring environmental permits for riverine projects in areas of sensitive species is also problematic - Resource Agencies often want designs with less rock, include bioengineering, and utilizing natural design methods.
This course will deal with some of the tools needed to design and build naturally functioning stream, river, and creek reaches.   The material will be presented with the extensive use of Case Studies.  John McCullah will present projects utilizing Bioengineering and Environmentally-Sensitive techniques from US, and Canada, to New Zealand, some spanning over 15 years.  Case studies will be enhanced with the use of Dirt Time video clips.
In 2005, the Transportation Research Board and National Cooperative Highway Research Board published NCHRP Report 544 – Environmentally Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Methods. Often referred to a “Alternatives to Riprap”, this report, authored by J. McCullah, D. Gray, and D.F. Shields was published on CD and includes over 50 Techniques, from re-directive Rock Vanes and Bendway Weirs to Vegetated Rip Rap and Longitudinal Stone Toe with Live Siltation. It incorporates design considerations, construction specifications and detailed drawings (in AutoCad format).  CD/DVD Version of ESenSS design guidance manual will be provided free to all class attendees.

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 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”.

John McCullah, President, Salix Applied Earthcare, Northern California

0.5 CEU


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