Headwater Drainage Features Course

April 4, 2018, 8:30am to 5:00pm
TRCA Boyd Office, 9755 Canada Company Avenue, Vaughan, ON L4H 2V2
Instructor:  Evan Bearss, Les StanfieldShelley Gorenc


Course Description

The assessment of headwater drainage features (HDF’s) is quickly becoming an integral component of natural heritage evaluation reports and ecological impact studies. The Evaluation, Classification and Management of Headwater Drainage Features Guidelines (TRCA and CVC, 2013) outline the key pieces of information needed in order to properly assess a HDF. This course explains the guidelines and shows how modules 10 (Constrained Headwater sampling) and 11 (Unconstrained Headwater sampling) of the Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) can be applied to collect the information needed to evaluate and classify HDF’s.

These modules are provincially recognized as a standard by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. They provide a standardized approach for collecting data regarding the flow, form, riparian conditions, and sediment transport and deposition characteristics of HDF’s. Participants in this course will learn about and have a chance to apply the techniques used in the two OSAP modules. The course also provides guidance on how to use these modules in relation to the HDF guidelines.


Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for field crews and resource managers who are involved in stream or headwater drainage feature survey monitoring and management. Priority will be given to participants who need the training in order to undertake surveys during the 2018 field season.


Additional information:

This is an intensive one day hands-on course; it combines classroom, and field sessions, with emphasis on quality assurance. There will be a morning lecture, travel to a number of stream crossings at which there will be a demonstration of techniques, supervised application of each module, with a classroom debriefing and testing.

Students are expected to bring field equipment for the course as defined within each module. If equipment gaps exist please contact the course administrator to determine sharing possibilities.

A copy of the constrained headwater sampling module is available here. And a copy of the unconstrained headwater sampling module is available here. Each person attending the training needs to read these modules prior to the course.

Recognition: Participants will receive a certificate to acknowledge participation in the module.
Lunch will not be provided.

Cancellation Policy: The deadline to withdraw your registration is Friday, March 23. If you cancel after this date your registration fee will not be refunded.

For more information contact:
Jeff Vandenberg, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Phone: 289-268-3943 or E-mail: jvandenberg@trca.on.ca
TRCA HST Registration number is 10808 8584 RT001