Chesapeake Bay Field Office
Northeast Region

Implementation Projects


The Stream Team has the ability to implement stream restoration projects using a variety of design approaches. They focus on selecting the most appropriate design approach based on stakeholder goals and objectives, site constraints and opportunities, potential functional uplift, and implementation costs. To ensure the most appropriate design approach is selected, the Stream Team developed and uses a function-based project process. This process ensures consistency from beginning to end and allows the Stream Team to accurately determine if the project goals and objectives were achieved. “We cannot make rivers whole unless we wholly understand them” Rob Brown, Wheeler School, Providence, RIThe project process consists of the following:

Project Process:

  1. Programmatic Goals and Objectives
  2. Watershed Assessment
  3. Site Level Functional Assessment
  4. Restoration Potential
  5. Design Objectives
  6. Restoration Design Approach and Alternative Analysis
  7. Design Development
  8. Construction Oversight
  9. Monitoring
  10. Mitigation Debits and Credits (where applicable)

To obtain descriptions of each step in the project process click here.

The Stream Team has the capability to implement stream restoration
projects throughout the entire project process. Our capabilities include:

  • Total station survey
  • Watershed and reach function-based assessment
  • Geomorphic assessment
  • Biological assessment
  • Hydraulic modeling
  • Sediment transport analysis
  • CAD generated designs
  • Construction oversight
  • Post construction monitoring
  • Permit application packets
  • As-built surveys
  • Construction specifications

The Stream Team is constantly striving to advance our capabilities and the science of stream restoration. They incorporate new design approaches and apply sound engineering principles to all of their projects. This ensures that the Stream Team is able to produce innovative, low cost solutions for stream functionality and watershed recovery.

Current Activities:

The Stream Team is currently finalizing designs for multiple dam removal projects that benefit brook trout as well as watershed scale restoration projects for TMDL reduction.

For more information contact:
Mark Secrist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Chesapeake Bay Field Office
177 Admiral Cochrane Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

Last updated: November 30, 2016