Fluvial Geomorphology

Fluvial geomorphology is the study of the physical processes that shape and maintain river and stream form. This scientific discipline recognizes that an in-depth understanding of a river’s history and site specific conditions are critical to successful management and restoration.

Geomorphologists seek to understand the processes by which rivers developed their unique characteristics and to predict future changes through a combination of field observation and technical analysis. Fluvial geomorphologists recognize that a river is intimately connected to adjacent hillslopes, floodplains, riparian corridors, hyporheic and groundwater zones; upstream and downstream portions of the drainage basin; and to other components of the environment, such as atmospheric and biological systems. Geomorphologists come from a variety of academic backgrounds including geography, geology, or engineering; As engineers, we approach the science of geomorphology from an analytical understanding of the complex linkages between hydrology, hydraulics, geology, and sediment transport.

Our engineering foundation provides us with the unique skills necessary to identify and evaluate geomorphic problems and to design and implement practical solutions.

Examples of our work in fluvial geomorphology


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Tolt

Tolt River Flood Hazard and Habitat Corridor Master Plan

King County’s River and Floodplain Management Section retained WSE and...
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YakimaR

Yakima River Flood Hazard Reduction & Habitat Restoration Corridor Plan

Kittitas County Public Works and partners seek to develop an...
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Satsop River Flood Plain Phase2a

Satsop River Floodplain Restoration Phase II

An earlier study for Grays Harbor County concluded that removing...
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Manastash

Manastash Creek Post Flood Investigation & Flood Relief Alternatives

In May, 2011 a major flood on Manastash Creek near...
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12-016 Manastash Creek Fish Habitat Enhancement & Flood Hazard Management Corridor Plan

Manastash Creek Fish Habitat Enhancement & Flood Hazard Management Corridor Plan

The Kittitas County Conservation District (KCCD) led an investigation to...
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12-008 Dry Creek Bridge Replacement Hydraulic Design

Dry Creek Bridge Replacement Hydraulic & Geomorphic Design

WSE was retained to provide hydraulic and geomorphic engineering services...
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