Training in Applied Fluvial Geomorphology and River Conservation

Steve Gough is widely recognized as a leader in teaching applied fluvial geomorphology in the midwestern United States, having produced and delivered over 30 short courses on river process and management for a variety of private and government organizations. Most of these workshops were developed in cooperation with local experts and customized to include presentation of regional case studies. Primary topics have covered fluvial geomorphology, hydraulics, hydrology, river management policy and bioengineering methods. Audiences have included lay people (often landowners), resource management professionals, researchers and civil engineers. Steve is familiar with the diverse perspectives and knowledge typical of these groups, and is comfortable working with any of them.

Steve’s short courses are innovative and dynamic. They include use of both the Emriver moveable-bed model stream he developed and videos produced by LRRD. The supporting materials he has compiled in assessing scores of stream reaches are also integral to his workshops. These include maps, published studies, vertical aerial photographs (including historic series), oblique aerials, and field surveys.

Aerial view of the Current River in Southern Missouri

The Current River, southern Missouri

Steve’s workshop clients include:

  • American Fisheries Society
    • State chapters in Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan
  • American Fisheries Society, North-Central Division
  • Arkansas Department of Pollution Control and Ecology
  • Great Plains Agricultural Council
  • Illinois State Water Survey
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Missouri Society of American Foresters
  • U.S. National Park Service–Buffalo National River, Arkansas
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • U.S. Forest Service–Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • University of California-Berkeley