Channel Chat August 2020

Level 1 River Restoration Toolbox Training in Ames, IA – 2019

Hello River Lovers,

Have you heard about our Toolbox Training Workshops? Keep reading to find out the who, what, where, when, and why.

WHAT: These four-day (1 virtual and 3 in-person) workshops provide participants with the best management strategies for stream stabilization and river restoration projects.

WHO (should attend): Design professionals including engineers, landscape architects, biologists, ecologists, project managers, WMA coordinators, floodplain managers, university faculty, or any other environmental professional.

WHO (is putting it on): Iowa Rivers Revival, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership, and Stantec, an Engineering Consulting Firm.


  • Level 1 – Aug 31-Sept 3 in Clive, IA
  • Level 1 – Sept 21-24 in Fort Dodge, IA
  • Level 2 – Oct 5-8 in Clive, IA *must take Level 1 first
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WHY: The Toolbox resources will help you understand the driving factors that cause an unstable stream segment to erode or damage infrastructure prior to jumping to solutions. It takes the participant through the major steps of stream assessment, including field-collected stream survey data, key stream stability issues, and provides multiple techniques that are appropriate for the type of restoration project.

COVID-19 Precautions: We care about your safety – and ours! While we are unable to completely eliminate all live classroom and fieldwork to offer a meaningful workshop, we will be taking the necessary precautions. For this list and other information visit and look under the Restoration or Register tabs.

Until next month, stay well!

Sara Carmichael, Executive Director

Featured River

Walnut Creek via Raccoon River


For our Level 1 and Level 2 Toolbox Training workshops, we will be looking at areas on Walnut Creek in Clive, IA. Walnut Creek flows into the Raccoon River which is a tributary of the Des Moines River. The river is 30.8 miles long, but can also be measured as three streams (North, Middle, and South Raccoon) which increases the length to 226 miles. This river has been providing drinking water to the Des Moines metropolitan area since the 19th century.

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