Desert Washes and Waters in the Coachella Valley Area

3-day Field Tours on:

  • 15 – 17 January 2014
  • 19 – 21 February 2014

Course Description:
James W. Teaford will lead field visits to selected sites in the Coachella Valley Area, CA, to discuss concepts, considerations, and identification of field indicators of low flow channel, active floodplain, 100-year floodplain (“low terrace”), “upland” habitat, hard playa, and soft playa situations as they apply to waters/WOUS determinations in arid areas throughout the western USA.  Each tour group will be limited to approximately 20 to 25 participants.

Field Trip Topics:  
As we encounter them, we will discuss such things as low flow channels; active floodplains; 100-year floodplains (“low terraces”); “upland” habitats; eroded shelf features (i.e., “shelving”); cobbles and boulders in shelf soils; argillic horizons and “red” soil materials in shelf soils; desert pavement and desert varnish in shelf and upland landscape positions; soil crust features; presence or absence of salt features; desert wash vegetation; and, other topics that arise.

Field Notes:  
Each student will receive a cd with notebook materials in pdf format (color photos and text) keyed to the sites and phenomena that we observe and discuss.  Also, I will make available pertinent Corps of Engineers’ publications on the subject in pdf format.

What to bring:
Bring your binoculars, cameras, plant ID books, and personal field notebooks as you should have ample opportunities to use them.

Meeting Location and Time:
Holiday Inn Express
74675 California 111,
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-340 -4303
7 a.m. meeting time

Transportation to and from the field sites will be on your own, but each day we will consolidate people and cars to try to minimize the size of the “caravan”.

Please plan on bringing your own lunch, snacks, and drinks, as the field sites are in rural locations.

Please plan on making your own lodging arrangements in the Coachella Valley area, such as in Indio, Coachella, or Palm Desert.  I will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express, 74675 Highway 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260.

Field Trip Reservations and Payment:  
Please contact Jim Teaford directly to sign up and to make payment arrangements.

Registration Fee:
$850 for an individual registration;
$800 each for 2 people from the same company;
$750 each for 3 or more people from the same company
This three-day course can be combined with the two-day Arid Saline Wetland Course for a discounted registration fee of $1,200.

For additional information, contact:
James W. Teaford