The Stream Management Academy is a program led by MHFD, 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.
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 aims for its students to:
The Stream Management Academy classes are structured as follows:
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.