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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.


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8:00 – 8:30 am CDT
Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:00 pm CDT
12:00 – 1:00 pm CDT
Afternoon Session
1:00 – 4:30 pm CDT


Complying with Illinois Laws and Regulations                     N. Grider
Illinois Department of Natural Resources:
Clean Water Act/wetlands permitting
Complying with Endangered Species Act

Surface Water Behavior                     G. Nail
Flow measurement
Historical records
Hydraulics and hydrology modeling methods
Understanding human impacts
Causes of stream degradation

Stream Restoration Considerations                     T. Girolamo
Aquatic habitat
Wildlife habitat
Impact of livestock and agriculture
Human interaction

Stream Restoration Planning                     M. Melchior
Site investigation and assessment
Channel design
Channel geometry
Sediment impact

Streambank Stabilization Techniques                     M. Melchior
Stream barbs
Spur dikes
Toe wood
Log jams
Rock walls
Bed stabilization

Case Study: Middleton’s Pheasant Branch                     A. Steber
Past, Present, and Future
Historical wetlands and land use changes
Present flood damage and assessments
Future efforts to enhance habitat quality


Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

Web Browser:
The two most recent version of the following browsers:
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

Internet connection:
 Minimum of 1Mbps       Hardware: 2GB RAM or more

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Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

AIA    (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
6.5 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects
6.5 HSW CE Hours

LA CES    (LACES credits only available for attending live Webinar)
6.5 HSW PDHs

Certified Planners
CM|6.5 CEUs

Floodplain Managers


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and
6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects licensed in
Illinois. It also offers 6.5 HSW continuing education landscape
architects licensed in Illinois.

This course has been approved by the American Institute
of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW
(Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture
Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full
participation is reportable to the AIA/CES and LA CES.
This course is registered with the American Planner
Association AICP for CM|6.5 for Certified Planners (Course
No. 9216557).

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved
this course for 6.5 CECs.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants
who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a
passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation
(multiple attempts allowed).


Tom Girolamo

Tom Girolamo Eco-Building & Forestry
Mr. Girolamo is founder of Eco-Building & Forestry, LLC. The company provides sustainable property design, installation and maintenance. He has developed unique
processes of assessing natural resources and managing the interactions of people with their environment. Mr. Girolamo’s goal is that every project produces benefits
for the owner/users of the property, prosperity for the community and abundance for the planet. He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, B.S. Degree in Forestry with emphasis in Forest Management and Urban Forestry. He also earned a Certificate in Permaculture Design from the Permaculture Research Institute-Australia. Mr. Girolamo is the published author of Your Eco-Friendly Yard-Sustainable Ideas to Save
You Time, Money and the Earth. He and his wife live on seven acres of land in central Wisconsin known as the Sustainable Landscape Center. Their property includes outdoor brick ovens, unique vegetation, a plant nursery and a flock of weed-eating chickens.

Nathan Grider

Nathan Grider serves as the Manager of Consultation Services for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). He has worked for IDNR in fish and wildlife management for over eight years with diverse training from positions held in the Office of Mines and Minerals, Division of Fisheries, and over five years in Consultation Services. Mr. Grider has extensive knowledge on fish and wildlife species that occur in the state, particularly state-listed species, and specializes in conducting environmental impact reviews on construction and maintenance projects throughout the state. He works closely with project leaders to ensure compliance with the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act, Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act, and other applicable natural resource regulations while coordinating with federal, state, and local governments, and responding to public concerns. He holds a Master of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois, Springfield. 

Marty Melchior


Mr. Melchior has 14 years of professional experience in salmonid and warm water fish habitat restoration, fisheries population analysis, fluvial geomorphology and biotic assessment, natural channel design, and watershed management. His project interests include dam removal design, natural channel design, forensic fluvial geomorphology, urban channel restoration, and large woody debris dynamics. Mr. Melchior has lectured on stream restoration and dam removal at the University of Wisconsin and the Washington Department of Ecology. He is a regular instructor for the University of Minnesota/NCED graduate level stream restoration course. Mr. Melchior’s work has been featured in two PBS programs, and he shared the 2005 Aldo Leopold Award for Excellence in Ecological Restoration. He is also a certified fisheries professional with the American Fisheries Society.

Dr. Gregory H. Nail PHD PE

University of Tennessee

Associate Professor, University of Tennessee at Martin
Dr. Nail is an associate professor in the Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee at Martin where he teaches a variety of courses including fluid mechanics, hydraulics and hydrology, and hydraulic and hydrologic modeling. He holds a professional engineer’s license based on having passed both the Civil and Mechanical discipline-specific exams. Prior to coming to UT-Martin in 2002 he worked as a research hydraulic engineer for the United States Army Corp of Engineers for 11 years. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Tennessee American Water Resources Association, and he has lectured on various HEC-RAS modeling topics at the Annual Tennessee Water Resources Symposium and at other venues. Dr. Nail earned his B.M.E. degree from Auburn University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University.

Aaron Steber

Aaron Steber Senior Consultant at Cardno
Mr. Aaron Steber is a stream restoration specialist managing streambank/shoreline stabilization and habitat enhancement projects including project planning, design, grant administration, permitting, and construction oversight. He has more than 21 years of experience working with streams located in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Colorado, Montana and Idaho, as well as internationally in Finland and Costa Rica. Mr. Steber conducts geomorphic surveys to review Channel morphology/ stability, and works with computer modeling software to assess the most effective methods of managing available water resources in designated areas. He also provides design and construction oversight for aquatic organism passage, stormwater and water quality improvement projects, in addition to wetland, watershed and lake studies. Prior to joining Cardno, Mr. Steber was the state forest hydrologist for the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL). While working for IDL, Mr. Steber provided technical solutions to a variety
of water resource issues including: stream crossings, stream restoration, erosion control, wetlands, forest-practices, mining, landslides, groundwater availability and endangered species for more than 800,000 acres of actively managed forests.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Stream Restoration in Illinois

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the science of streams, Illinois water laws and regulations, stream restoration planning, determining channel form, stream structures and vegetation, and project implementation.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to reference and discuss compliance standards for state and federal laws and permitting requirements pertinent to Illinois streams.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss surface water behavior science, including flow measurements, vegetation, aquatic habitat, wildlife habitat, and they will be able to analyze streams through hydraulic and hydrology modeling methods..

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe causes of stream degradation, including human activities/development and livestock and agriculture activities.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to provide assistance for stream restoration planning and streambank stabilization techniques.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site development near streams and rivers

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date:  05/26/2024

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.


USB MP4/PDF Price: $299.00

Currently, our self-study products DO NOT qualify for AIA, ASLA, LACES or CLARB credit.

HalfMoon will mail you these materials via USPS. Please allow 2 weeks from the date of purchase to receive your product. If the live seminar is in the future, please allow 5 weeks from the date of the live seminar.

The USB Mp3+PDF package includes an Mp3 audio recording of a live seminar on a USB thumb drive along with a PDF file of the manual that was distributed at the seminar. The manual contains written materials prepared by the seminar speaker(s).

The Mp3 audio recording contains embedded number codes, which you are required to document and return to HalfMoon if you wish to obtain a certificate of completion for the program. The acceptance of self-administered continuing education activities varies widely between states and professions. Before undertaking any self-study effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity.

HalfMoon Education guarantees its products. The self-study products are recorded from a live seminar and there are circumstances where an audio recording is not available. HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. If you are not happy with a product you receive, you can return the product for a full refund. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.

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