Chesapeake Bay Field Office
Northeast Region

Technical Assistance

To aid practitioners in implementing stream Images of FWS employees surveying streams.restoration projects and making sound stream management decisions, the Service provides a variety of technical assistance which includes:

Types of Technical Assistance Provided:

  • Assessment and Design Tools Development
  • Detailed and Rapid Protocols/Standard Operating Procedures Development
  • Watershed Assessments and Prioritization
  • Reach-level function-based geomorphic and biologic assessments
  • Pre and Post Restoration Monitoring
  • Project Assessment and Design Reviews
  • Total Station Surveys
  • Hydraulic Modeling
  • Sediment transport analysis
  • CAD generated designs
  • Stream GIS Assessments

The Stream team has also developed a robust collection of stream protocols that aid Federal, State, and local agencies and conservation organizations. Protocols have been customized to address specific agency needs as well as generalized to advance the science of stream restoration and protect our resources.

Recent Protocols:

  • Maryland State Regional Hydrologic Curves
  • A Function-Based Framework for Stream Assessment and Restoration Projects
  • Stream Restoration Monitoring Protocol
  • Natural Channel Design Review Protocol
  • Rapid Stream Assessment Protocol
  • GIS – Based Stream Stability Assessment Protocol

When providing technical assistance, the Service promotes a function-based approach for setting goals and objectives, conducting assessments, developing designs, and monitoring stream restoration projects. The function-based approach was developed by the EPA and the Service, (A Function-Based Framework for Stream Assessment and Restoration Projects, Harman et al 2012). This approach is a framework and focuses on the idea that there is a hierarchy order among stream functions where the lower level functions support the upper level functions and how these functions interact together. This is illustrated by the Stream Functions Pyramid. The framework consists of functional categories, function-based parameters, measurement methods and performance standards. When the functional framework is understood, it is easier to establish clear and quantifiable restoration goals and objectives, determine how restoration techniques influence functions, and measure project success which ultimately helps ensure successful stream restoration efforts.

Current Activities:

The Stream Team is currently working on species priority protocols, bank erosion rate curves, improved stream regulatory review protocols and processes, and a variety of stream restoration projects.

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: December 1, 2016