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A Framework for Stream Corridor Restoration | NRCS NEDC 000091


Natural resource planners and specialists will learn how to integrate stream corridor restoration principles into their local conservation work. This introductory course provides the student with the ability to understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes, structure, and functions forming stream corridor systems. The course provides students with tools for characterizing and analyzing stream corridor conditions to identify problems, develop and define objectives, and develop conceptual stream corridor restoration plans. This is accomplished through a balance of classroom and hands-on field exercises. The interagency publication, Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes, and Practices (National Engineering Handbook, Part 653), is used as a primary reference.


Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • describe the basic characteristics of a stream corridor, the processes that shape them, and the natural and human-induced disturbances that can influence their condition.
  • characterize and analyze stream corridor conditions.
  • select and use appropriate tools to assess stream corridor conditions.
  • identify dominant processes and functions that contribute to the problem or are goals for restoration.
  • explain how to integrate key stream corridor restoration planning activities with NRCS� conservation planning process.
  • identify their role in stream corridor restoration efforts and recognize a range of stream restoration strategies.


There is no prerequisite for this course, however it is recommended that trainees have a good working knowledge of NRCS� Conservation Planning process. Some environmental sciences course work or experience may significantly aid trainees. Typically, trainees will have significant experience or training in some of the topics covered and little or none in others.


3.5 days

Target Audience

There are no limitations based on course content. Preference for specific target audiences, such as (1) Federal, State, and Tribal Employees directly conducting or managing interagency stream restoration projects, or (2) employees of agencies or organizations supporting the course with funding or other resources, will be determined for each offering of this course on a case-specific basis.

NEDC Contact

Tony Lovell

Technical Specialist

Jerry Bernard/Gary Wells


Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in A Framework for Stream Corridor Restoration (000091).