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Streambank and Shoreline Protection

Cory L. Horton, P.E.

Course Outline

This six-hour course provides guidance for the application and design of streambank and shoreline protection. After completing the course the student will have a greater understanding of when, where, and how to implement streambank and shoreline protection. The course content is based on the Natural Resources Conservation Service Engineering Field Handbook Chapter 16 Streambank and Shoreline Protection (143 pages). This publication introduces the methods, describes the design methodology, teaches about construction methods, and provides information to select and implement streambank and shoreline protection.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:




Intended Audience

This course is intended for practicing engineers, and others, who seek to gain knowledge to implement streambank and shoreline protection methods.

Course Content

The purpose of this course is to provide guidance on the design and construction of streambank and shoreline protection. You will be directed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service website to study Streambank and Shoreline Protection (1996 edition, 8.7MB 143 pages, PDF file format).

You need to open or download above documents to study this course.


The following contains the outline of Streambank and Shoreline Protection:

650.1600 Introduction
(a) Purpose and scope
(b) Categories of protection
(c) Selecting streambank and shoreline protection measures
650.1601 Streambank protection 16-3
(a) General
(b) Planning and selecting stream-bank protection measures
(c) Design considerations for streambank protection
(d) Protective measures for streambanks
650.1602 Shoreline protection
(a) General
(b) Design considerations for shoreline protection
(c) Protective measures for shorelines
650.1603 References
Appendix A Size Determination for Rock Riprap
Appendix B Plants for Soil Bioengineering Systems

Course Summary

Streambanks and shorelines are continuously changing. All too often structures are located where natural changes in stream and lakeshore morphology cause a conflict with human needs. Streambank and shoreline erosion is a natural process that is also often accelerated by human interactions. The methods in this course present a means to reverse some of the impacts of erosion and to balance the needs of humans with the needs of nature.


For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

USACOE Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory-The Stream Investigation and Streambank Stabilization Handbook
USDA Forest Service A Soil Bioengineering guide for Streambank and Shoreline Stabilization
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Integrated Streambank Protection Guidelines


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.