Chesapeake Bay Field Office
Northeast Region

Stream Protocols/Tools

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Rapid Stream Restoration Monitoring Protocol
June 2014
Full Report: 2.73 mb

The purpose of this protocol is to rapidly monitor stream restoration success and identify any potential stream adjustments that may lead to failure.

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A Function-Based Framework for Stream Assessment and Restoration Projects
May 2012
Full Report: 31.7 mb

This document provides a new framework for approaching stream assessment and restoration from a function-based perspective; as such, it will benefit from review, comments, and example experiences and applications.

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Natural Channel Design Review Checklist
November 2011
Full Report: 8.7 mb

Chesapeake Bay Field Office (Service) have produced a Version 2 of The Natural Channel Design Review Checklist. Version 2 of the Checklist represents additions and modifications to existing questions, as well as updates to the supporting text and appendices. These changes are based on feedback from a pilot workshop with select EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers staff, as well as evaluations from subsequent workshops with a variety of participants.

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Western Coastal Plain Reference Reach Survey
April 2010
Full Report: 41.4 mb

This report replaces the Reference Stream Survey Report prepared by the Service in 2006 (Secrist et al. 2006). The Service has included five additional stream reference sites to the database. The report contains a methodology description, summary of the site selection process, watershed characteristics, and channel characteristic dimensionless ratios.

 

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Natural Channel Design Protocols for Baltimore City, Maryland
October 2009
Full Report: 28.9 mb

This protocol provides a description of intermediate and final work products that a Team will prepare at each design stage. Appendix A contains a checklist of work products that the restoration designer will
submit at each stage of project development.

 

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Stream Assessment Protocol for Anne Arundel County, Maryland
January 2009
Full Report: 12.6 mb

This document contains a rapid stream assessment protocol and a detailed stream assessment protocol. This document also provides guidelines and standard forms for both protocols.

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Moores Run, Baltimore City, MD
Data Collection and Assessment Protocols for a Geomorphic Condition and Channel Stability Study

May 2004
Final Report: 38.6 mb (5/31/05)
Appendix A: 47.6 mb (Reach photos)
Appendix B: 15.7 mb (Data comparison)
Appendix C: 35.7 mb (Reach data [1 of 3])
Appendix C: 52.8 mb (Reach data [2 of 3])
Appendix C: 15.6 mb (Reach data [3 of 3])
Appendix D: 8.5 mb (Monument information)
Appendix E: 320 k (BEHI)
Appendix F: 9 mb (Longitudinal profile)
Appendix G: 1.3 mb (Stability summary)
Protocol Report: 4 mb

This report presents the results of the field data comparison, a summary of the field data collected by the Service, and the results of the bank erosion prediction and Rosgen Level III stream stability and sediment supply analysis. An overall and reach specific predicted stability discussion is also presented in this report.

 

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Bankfull Discharge and Channel Characteristics in the Coastal Plain Hydrologic Region
July 2003
Full Report: 4 mb
Appendix A: 7.9 mb

This report is the third and final report of the Maryland Stream Survey project, a series examining the relationship of stream dimensions versus drainage areas for several physiographic provinces within Maryland. This report presents the findings from 14 survey sites of the Coastal Plain, partitioned by Eastern and Western Coastal Plain (ECP and WCP) where appropriate.

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Bankfull Discharge and Channel Characteristics of Streams in the Allegheny Plateau and Valley and Ridge Hydrologic Regions
May 2003
Part One: 822k
Appendix A: 9.6 mb

This report is the second in a series examining the relationship of stream dimensions versus drainage areas for several physiographic provinces within Maryland. The Maryland Stream Survey is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) with the short-term goal to determine appropriate relationships of stream characteristics on a statewide basis. The long-term goal is to provide the SHA and others with the information needed to develop hydraulic designs for culverts and small bridges that maintain, as much as possible, the natural bankfull channel dimensions.

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Bankfull Discharge and Channel Characteristics of Streams in the Piedmont Hydrologic Region
March 2002
Part One: 518k
Appendix A: 7.9 mb
Appendix B: 439k

In this Pilot Study, we conducted surveys of 25 gaged stream reaches in the Piedmont hydrophysiographic
province of Maryland to test for relationships between:
a) drainage area and bankfull discharge;
b) drainage area and bankfull channel dimensions;
c) planform and riffle-pool attributes;
d) bankfull discharge and channel cross-section dimensions; and
e) relative roughness and flow resistance.

We also classified each reach according to the Rosgen classification system of natural rivers
(Rosgen, 1994, 1996a), and examined the utility of such classification for explaining the observed variability in the above relationships.

 

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Riparian Corridor Rapid Assessment Method
December 2001
Full Report: 7 mb

This method has two main assessment sections: 1) stream stability assessment and 2) riparian and in-stream habitat assessment. The stream stability section evaluates bank stability and bed stability. The bank stability component of the assessment is based on a quantitative assessment method developed by David Rosgen (1996). The bed stability component of the assessment is based primarily on existing assessment methods but includes a stability evolution trend parameter.

Last updated: June 30, 2014