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Sustainable Streambank and Shoreline Protection

COURSE NO: C06-007
Sustainable Streambank and Shoreline Protection
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses traditional engineered structures but, in addition, discusses soil bioengineering approaches to protection.  Soil bioengineering consists of using living woody plant materials as structural components to provide soil protection and reinforcement.  The course also discusses the attributes and limitations of both approaches and contains recommendations about which approach is most appropriate for achieving a given protection goal.  Instances in which soil bioengineering can be combined with engineered structures are also discussed.  Practical design considerations, construction techniques, and guidelines for the selection of appropriate materials are presented.


Streambank and shoreline protection consists of restoring and protecting banks of streams, lakes, estuaries, and excavated channels against scour and erosion.  In the past, many organizations involved in water resource management have preferred to use engineered structures to provide protection.  Today, engineered structures often remain as viable options, but as part of the present-day recognition of the need to promote sustainability and diversity in natural systems, engineers should seriously consider methods that are sustainable and that restore ecological functions and natural habitats.


This 6 PDH online course is intended primarily for civil, hydraulic, and geotechnical engineers involved with streambank and shoreline protection projects.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Planning and selecting streambank and shoreline protection measures
  • Incorporating design considerations
  • Learning about soil bioengineering approaches such as live staking, live fascines, brushlayers, branchpacking, live cribwalls, vegetated rock gabions, joint plantings, brush mattresses, and dormant post plantings
  • Learning about structural approaches such as tree or brush revetments; log, rootwad and boulder revetments; piling revetment with wire or geotextile fencing; jacks; rock riprap; groins; bulkheads; coconut fiber rolls; stream jetties; and barbs
  • Understanding the applications and effectiveness of each technique
  • Understanding the construction and installation guidelines for each technique
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 16 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (DOA) Engineering Field Handbook, "Streambank and Shoreline Protection", December, 1996. 

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Sustainable Streambank and Shoreline Protection (10.3 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this DOA publication.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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