Institute for Watershed Science
Understanding Hydrological Processes in Riverine Systems

Understanding Riverine Systems Course

This Course is currently not being offered.



The 'Understanding Riverine Systems' Course to support the implementation of the Aquatic Ecosystem Guideline is again being offered to MNR staff. The 3-day course continues to be developed in partnership with the  Institute for Watershed Science, Trent University. The first day of the course includes instruction in the areas of hydrology, determining environmental flow benchmarks, fluvial geomorphology, linkages between physical processes and aquatic ecology and introduces  aframework for biological assessment. Day-two is spent at a field siteon the Ganaraska River where participants will learn field techniques in: fluvial geomorphology, including cross-sectional surveys; continuous measurement of water levels; estimating discharge using the velocity-area method and SonTek's acoustic Doppler FlowTrackerTM. An introduction to biological sampling methods and other instrument demonstrations will also included. The field day will be followed by a barbecue and informal presentations by course participants wanting to highlight projects and/or obtain feedback on current work. Day three will be spent in the lab learning techniques for the analysis of hydrological, geomorphological, and biological data, reinforcing material presented in lectures and demonstrated in the field.


Required Equipment:

>>> Particpants are responsible for providing their own chest waders.


Registration Fee:


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Cancellation Refunds:

There will be no refunds for cancellations.


Contact Information:

For inquiries about future offerings of this course contact:

Leslie Collins

1.705.748.1011 ext.7943;

or click here to use our information request form.



Photos from past Courses

Measuring stream discharge during the field day on the Ganaraska River, October 2005.

Wading rod shore side instruction, October 2005
Practicing sediment sampling, October 2005.