NEW Belly River Stream Project and Workshop

Hi All

Sorry for the delay in new postings but LOTS of exciting projects happening!

One you might be interested in is the NEW Belly River Stream Project and Workshop.  Remember the Willow Creek project? 


Well the Belly River Workshop will be very similar.  This project is also sponsored by the Alberta Transportation and the engineering by the AMEC office in Calgary.

Project:  The Belly River site is about 2-hours south of Calgary.  The Highway is threatened by slides which are initiated by the Belly River “eating” the toe of the slope.  The river is making an acute bend and meandering into the slide mass. 




You can see how this site is perfect for redirectives methods (in this case Rock Vanes were chosen) to give the river a “smoother radius of curvature”.  By stabilizing the toe, we can then go in and repair the landslide.  AMEC has designed some pretty robust geotechnical solutions.  The upstream slopes are being dedicated to Enviromentally-Sensitive and Biotechnical solutions – and these will be the main subjects of the 3-day workshop.  Solutions including Vegetated Reinforced Channels, Brush layering, Live Siltation, Modified Brush Layers, Soil Flapping, Compost Incorporate and many more!!  What is very exciting is we are going to learn about bioengineering and also some of the Sustainable Erosion Control techniques recently developed by Caltrans.  See:

The workshop will be completed in mid-October.  The workshop is being coordinated by Neil Little, C-Tep and as far as I know, the workshop is open for more attendees.  The three-day workshop will be held in nearby Waterton, think Glacier National park!!!

More later as I am currently studying the Loire River in France – OK, it’s not work!!

You can reach Angela in my office at 530-247-1600

By the way, the last two photos show how well the Willow Creek project and the downstream Old Man River project have performed over the last few years.







By John

John McCullah has an AA degree in Biology and a BS in Watershed Geology. He has CA contractors license since 1990 and has been performing erosion control and restoration work for over 25 years. John has been a Certified Community College Instructor since 1996, developing curriculum and teaching at Shasta College in No. California. John is a recognized expert in erosion control, stream and watershed restoration, and technical training. He has had specialized adult educator training while teaching state-wide storm water courses for California Department of Transportation - from 2001 through 2011. John is also certified as a QSD and QSP (Qualified SWPPP Developer and Practitioner) and he is a Trainer of Record for these CA professional requirements. He has authored 3 complete Best Management Practice Manuals and helped develop new BMPs with California Department of Transportation Division of Landscape Architecture, particularly Steep and Adverse Slopes. John has been teaching professional development courses for IECA since 1996. His popular ‘Best of the BMPs’ course is constantly being updated to reflect new technology, materials, and practices. The Dirt Time video series was produced as a means to present hands on learning experiences to the classroom. There are now over 15 Dirt Time episodes and 50 video clips available. John has designed and built many environmentally-sensitive river and stream projects over the last years, projects ranging from California to Alaska, and Alberta Canada to New Zealand. As an academic and practitioner with dozens of case studies and Dirt Time clips, John’s trainings are filled with first hand, practical experiences. He recently co-authored Bioengineering Case Studies - Sustainable Stream Bank and Slope Stabilization published in 2015 by Springer.