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    BMP SUMMIT and CISEC Training  Agenda


    BMP SUMMIT and CISEC Training Agenda

    Tuesday April 3  

    11:30 am – 12pm Registration / refreshments @ Shasta College Campus - Room 4000 Pavilion / Barn at Farm

    12 pm  – 12:15 Welcome – Heather Kelnhofer

    12:15 – 1:45 Intro to Summit - Junior Raindrop and the BMP Tool Box – John McCullah, CPESC, Geomorphologist

    1:45 – 2:25 David Gilpin, “Native Grass for Erosion Control?” a chance to bring back natives and allow natural succession.

    2:30 – 2:45   Break -

    2:45 – 3:30 Craig Benson – Erosion and Sedimentation from a Watershed Perspective, Marijuana Grows, Revegetation, Noxious plants

    3:30 – 5:30 Out to the Training Facility – Hydromulch a slope (Bring your BMP Manual provided).  FYI, we will be filming so inform us if you have a concern.

    Wednesday April 4

    7:30 – 8:00 Sign-up sheet - Breakfast and Coffee, Barn / Pavillion

    9:00 – 10:30 am More on BMPs, tips for selection, implementation etc.

    10:30 – 11:00   Break – Meet the Vendors

    11:00 – 12:30 Out to the Training Facility Demonstrations, , erosion control blankets, compost blankets, berms, and socks, Filtrexx SiltSoxx, silt fence machines, Tracking Controls and much more!!

    12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH back at Pavilion, visiting, networking, talking to sponsors / vendors

    1:30 – 4:30 Out to the Training Facility demos continued; Straw Mulch plus tackifier, TRMs in channels, Ditch Checks - fiber and coir rolls, Triangular Silt Dikes, Curb inlet protection, and more

    4:30 – 5:00 pm Back at Pavilion to Close up, Evaluations and Certificates


    Thursday April 5 CISEC TRAINING Day 1 (schedule approximate)

    7:30 – 8:00 Sign-up sheet - Breakfast and Coffee, Barn / Pavilion

    8:00 – 9:45 am Lecture

    9:45: – 10:15   Break – Meet the Vendors

    10:15 – 12:30 Field Training Facility - Inspections of BMPs

    12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH provided back at Pavilion, visiting, networking, talking to sponsors / vendors

    1:30 – 3:00 Lecture

    3:00 – 3:15 Break

    3:15 – 5:00 pm Lectures


    Friday April 6 CISEC TRAINING Day 2 (schedule approximate)

    7:30 – 8:00 Sign-up sheet - Breakfast and Coffee, Barn / Pavilion

    8:00 – 10:00 am Lecture

    10:00 – 10:15 Break

    12:00 LUNCH provided at Pavilion

    12:45 – 5:00 Schedule TBA


    Please wear boots, eye protection, and PPE vest if possible.  It could rain!  Be prepared for wet and/or muddy conditions.  Water will be provided both in class and in the field.  Bring you BMP Manual with you for reference.





    This year 1.5‭ ‬day BMP Summit‭ (‬April 3-4‭) ‬is followed by 2-day CISEC TRAINING‭ (‬April 5-6‭).  ‬

    The EXHIBIT Hall will be in the Classroom‭ (‬the‭ ‬“Barn”‭). ‬You will have a chance to be involved in the dialog and discussions‭. ‬Every break will be an opportunity to mingle and connect‭.‬

    John and Craig Benson‭, ‬combined with the excellent Shasta College Venue have attracted 50-100‭ ‬attendees in the past‭. ‬

    The CISEC Training‭, ‬lead by Jerry Fifield and Tina Evans‭, ‬is being offered for the first time in Northern California‭.  ‬We are anticipating some attendees will stay for both offerings but the CISEC Training will definitely attract participants from another‭ ‬pool of professionals‭. ‬


    Check out this BMP video‭:‬‭ ‬https‭://‬



    Showcase Exhibitors receive dedicated time on the agenda to demonstrate their product and/or equipment in the field with opportunities to interact with attendees‭. ‬Both Showcase Exhibitors and Indoor Exhibitors are provided with display space in the classroom to connect with attendees and will be given a chance to introduce themselves and their products/company‭.‬


    Showcase Exhibitor: Limited to 6‭ (‬Indoor exhibitor for two days‭, ‬PLUS dedicated time to demonstrate use or application of your product‭. ‬Bare soils or slope provided‭. ‬Exhibitor must come self-sufficient to demonstrate product or installation‭. ‬More complex installation to be done in advance‭. ‬Includes refreshments and meals for 2‭ ‬attendees‭.‬

    $800 Early Bird Registration, $850 Otherwise


    Indoor Exhibitor: ‭(‬Inside table/booth for two days‭), ‬includes refreshments and meals for 2‭ ‬attendees‭.‬

    $400 Early Bird Registration, $500 Otherwise



    2018 BMP SUMMIT – April 3rd and 4th - Shasta College Erosion Control Facility

    Register for the Erosion Control BMP Summit before March 15 and qualify for the EARLY BIRD Discount!

    How are your BMPs doing?  Come to the SUMMIT, – April 3rd and 4th, where the combination of classroom and field training is intended to allow you to confidently answer this question.

    The Erosion Control BMP Summit at Shasta College promises to be Extra Special this year.  We are ALSO hosting a two-day training, on April 5th and 6th,  for becoming a Certified Inspector in Sediment and Erosion Control.  Jerry Fifield and Tina Evans will teach this course that is required to become a CISEC or CISEC-IT.  This offering has a separate registration from the SUMMIT so visit    

    Why not take both BMP SUMMIT and CISEC Training?

    In four days you will get an intimate knowledge of the most effective BMPs, how you select BMPs given complex conditions, and how to make them work as intended.  Combine that with Jerry and Tina’s class – also focusing on BMPs but also the management and inspection of your construction site.  Plus becoming a Certified Inspector may be a great career enhancement.

    Craig Benson will help John teach and demonstrate BMPs.  Craig Benson has 25 years of professional experience in a wide variety of watershed management, water resources engineering, erosion & sediment control, and ecological restoration projects in the United States, West Africa, and South America.  

    Mr. Benson is the Director of the Natural Resources Services Division of the non-profit RCAA in Eureka, CA.  He also lectures in the Environmental Science Department at Humboldt State University.   Craig has served two terms as the President of the Western Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Region 1 IECA.  Craig and John provide a teaching synergy that can’t be beat!

    More questions to bring with you; 1. Can your BMPs be more cost effective and sustainable?  2. How can you select the most effective BMP that will fit the site conditions and resources available? and 3. What are the main functioning elements you are looking for when inspecting BMPs in the field?  We want you to have confidence in the BMPs you are responsible for.  The Field Day will give you that confidence in the BMPs you specify, implement, or repair. John will provide a BMP Manual to you that he has been updating and perfecting since Erosion Draw, the manual on CD, was first published in 2000.

    We are going to become familiar with many of the most effective and sustainable BMPs in the industry.  You will get to help install and inspect, in the field;

    • Skimmer Sediment Ponds

    • Straw and Coir Fiber Rolls as slope interrupters.  Try different installation methods

    • Turf Reinforcement Mats, anchors, effective staple patterns

    • Track Walking and Soil Preparation

    • Hydraulic Mulches, BFMs, and Biotic Soil Mulches

    • Rolled Erosion Control Blankets and Mats

    • Inspect an installed Compost Berm a highly effective alternative to silt fence – The FINN Compost blower makes quick work of this BMP

    • Bioswale – inspect and discuss

    • Compost Blankets – Hoping to apply with FINN Compost Blower – or Express Blower - 98% effective

    • Learn to operate a FINN T-60 and T-70 Hydroseeder

    • Coir Netting for TRMs and Slope applications with Hydromulch added

    • Install and Inspect Silt Fence.  Demo the Silt Fence Installation by Slicing Machine for cost and labor savings

    • Install Compost Socks – a environmental and cost effective replacement to silt fence.  See the Filtrexx Siltsox specially designed to be highly effective in filtering stormwater.

    These are just some of the BMPs offered.  You will also be provided with a copy of The BMP Manual, adapted and derived from the widely sold, Erosion Draw, authored by John used in his Shasta College Class, IECA Courses, UC Davis courses and more.   

    And don’t forget that the College will provide breakfasts and lunches.  The meals provided are always a highpoint to our trainings.  

    See you soon!



    Sacramento Side Channel is Opened Today

    After lots of planning and hard work this "side channel" - once the river had split flow around Rancherie Island - this channel was ready to be opened toda.   More on this epic salmon "rearing habitat" restoration project as the river rises and "does the remainder of the work" - cleaning itself out after over 80 years of being plugged.


    Three Stream Projects in Three Weeks !! First one - COW CREEK

    These design/build projects have been in the works for almost 3 years!  What is both serrindipitous and stressing is that all three projects got "permitted" in August/September and have to be completed by of about November.  My staff and I have been working 8-9 hr days for weeks now!!  Its "feast or famine" as they say about construction!!

    "The Works" meaning design and permitting.  Since these projects are on creeks or rivers designated for endangered Salmon or Steelhead, the permits required include Sec 404 ACOE, NMFS, USFWS, CA DFW, Sec 206 Cultural surveys, Sec 401 Water Quality, and the County of Shasta Grading Permit!!  Just the Ordinary High Water Mark Report required about $5,000 in professional fees, the Biological Report was anothr $3000, the design was actually the least expense to the landowner.  I'm still doing the project accounting but the rock, equipment and labor was about $90,000.  The design and permitting was over $30,000.

    COW CREEK, located in Eastern Shasta County, is an incised salmon/steelhead stream that has generally downcut to the bed rock strata.  There is limited bedload available since the system has been "hydromodified" (nearly 150 years of ranching has resulted in "urbanization response" to runoff) and is suceptable to high stormflows which are now restrained in the active channel.  

    The project intended to protect the house and garage, perched atop the 30' high bank, by moving the high energy flow vectors away from the bank slightly using redirective methods ( a 20' long Bendway weir and three rock barbs), installing 280' of 4-5' high Longitudinal Stone Toe, carefully installing clean, angular, well-graded stone (that can be placed in the creek without increases in turbidity) which actually protected the existing trees and shrubs that were barely hanging onto the bed rock cracks.  

    The challenge was getting down the nearly vertical bank with excavator and then get the 600T of rock down the bank without too much dirt.

    Cow Creek during very high flows, Jan, 2017


    Looking down the bank at start of work, Sept 2017

    Rock was end dumped to help form a temprary ramp. Water was used to keep the rock clean.

    Lack of room between trees and shop, and the permits requirements restricted the cut to 6 ft.Building upstream bendway weir - to nudge high flows streamward280 LF of LST (5' high using self launching stone*) allows the construction of a flood terrace. The terrace was vegetated with transplants and willow poles/branches arrayed as "live eyelashes".Live Siltation, willow branches pointing outward from LST - the peak of LST at a height near Bankfull discharge elevation, provides roughness as high flows access flood terrace.

    The downstream end of project with angled tie back,Looking upstream - one can see how the well graded stone and careful installation of LST and BARBS actually protected most of the existing willows and carex. It is hoped to be easier to achieve our 70% coverage requirement.The upstream Bendway Weir is complete and we also placed some clean spawning gravel.Now we will wait for this winter's storms!!  You can bet we will be out monitoring - stay tuned for more monitoring photos.

    By the way, our new website is being planned and developed!! Expect some great changes, including the ability to download video clips, Erosion Draw, BioDraw, the complete or just individual specs from Environmentally Sensitive Streambank Stabilization (ESenSS), or even chapters from Bioengineering Case Studies, 2013, Goldsmith, Gray, and McCullah.

    Please let me know what you would like to see more of.   Cheers    John