To focus on broader hydraulic engineering and morphological issues of river restoration for improved project planning and natural channel design.
To "overview" river restoration activities, assess the hydraulic-civil engineering and geomorphologic methods and analyses being used or that should be used, and determine the technical needs to improve and support such activities.
To provide guidance regarding hydraulic, hydrologic, geomorphic, and sediment transport processes and issues so that the goals of river restoration projects may be met.
To collaborate with other professional societies for the benefit of a more broadly integrated understanding of river restoration activities, promote sound river restoration practices, and assure the inclusion of sound hydraulic/geomorphic/sediment knowledge -- through joint inter-society meetings, the formation of joint task groups, and by other means.
To establish needed task efforts to meet short-term river restoration needs.