What is the Stream Management Academy?

The Stream Management Academy is a program led by UDFCD, the Colorado Riparian Association, and the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers that provides continuing education related to watershed and stream functions – functions that should be considered for any urban stream project. The classes are held once a month over a nine-month period and are intended for public works professionals, water resources engineers, land development engineers, landscape architects, environmental scientists, and planners.  In addition to training the students on the technical aspects of watershed and stream functions, classes also include leadership development and opportunities to network with professionals from a diverse cross section of the industry. 

What does the Stream Management Academy teach?

The Stream Management Academy aims for its students to:

  • Understand the key watershed and stream functions that drive natural processes
  • Integrate runoff reducing practices and high functioning low maintenance stream designs into land use decisions, planning, design, construction, and maintenance.
  • Lead multidiscipline projects and teams

Over the course of the program students will learn how to design and implement strategies and technologies to achieve healthy and sustainable streams, from the source of runoff in the watershed all the way to the stream itself. 

The Stream Management Academy classes are structured as follows:

  • Class 1 Reducing Runoff:  The Role of Hydrology
  • Class 2 Reducing Runoff:  Master Plans and Conceptual Designs
  • Class 3 Reducing Runoff:  Preliminary and Final Designs
  • Class 4 Reducing Runoff:  Working with the Concepts Learned
  • Class 5 Low Maintenance Streams:  How to Mimic Natural Streams
  • Class 6 Low Maintenance Streams:  Practical Concept Designs
  • Class 7 Low Maintenance Streams:  Integrating Life and Social Systems
  • Class 8 Low Maintenance Streams:  Final Design
  • Class 9 Working with all the Concepts Learned

Leadership training is also included in each of the classes, covering such topics as interpersonal communication, change management, collaboration, personality type, and risk management.

At the end of the Stream Management Academy, students are given the title “Stream Ambassador,” which shows that they have taken the course, that they understand the elements required to create, maintain, and sustain healthy watersheds and streams, and that they will promote the values put forward by the Stream Management Academy.

How to get involved

The Stream Management Academy is an enriching and fulfilling experience for public works professionals, planners, engineers, scientists, architects and anyone else involved in maintaining healthy watersheds and streams in their area.

If you’re interested in this nine-month course that meets from October through June, please contact Barbara Chongtoua at bchongtoua@udfcd.org.

Troy Bales, Rick Engineering Company
Tristan Bonser, JR Engineering
Lisa Cherry, Denver Public Works
Aaron Cook, Jacobs
James Deherra, Aurora
Wanda DeVargas, Greenwood Village
Carly Gelatt, Stream Design
Brent Kaslon, Valerian
Deb Kula, Douglas County
Nate Hatleback, City of Thornton
Kristine House, HR Green
Kyle Morose, CVL
Tyler Rosburg, ICON Engineering
Mark Scheurer, CVL
Dave Skuodas, Mile High Flood District
Michael Walton, Smith Environmental and Engineering
Jennifer Winters, RESPEC