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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Presents the Stream Functions Pyramid Approach to Restoring Streams in a Webinar
Northeast Region, December 7, 2011
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Chesapeake Bay Field Office biologist, Rich Starr, was one of several guest speakers participating in the webcast Stream Restoration: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, part of the Center for Watershed Protection’s Watershed and Stormwater Management Webcast Series.

 Stream restoration includes techniques used to enhance the appearance, structure, or function of streams. These practices and design are constantly evolving and can range from simple stream cleanups and basic stream repairs to extremely sophisticated stream restoration techniques. Stream restoration has often failed when the goals and objectives were not clearly articulated to the designer or when the design lacked clear standards to measure success in meeting goals and objectives.

Another issue is when the cause of stream impairment is misdiagnosed. It is important to understand that stream restoration is only one part of watershed restoration and to be successful, stream restoration efforts must support watershed management goals, and vice versa.

To help watershed managers, the webcast will help address these issues, including:
• An overview on what stream restoration is and how it fits into watershed restoration framework;
• A stream functions pyramid approach to set goals and objectives, establish parameters for measuring stream function, determining assessment methods, determining restoration sites and methods; and
• Specific examples of how the stream function pyramid can work to meet hydraulic and geomorphic goals and physiochemical goals.

The webinar participation exceeded expectations with participants registered from states of the northwest, southwest, central, northeast, and southeast regions of the United States and even Canada. The sponsor estimates that as many as 500 professionals may have tuned in to learn more about these new techniques to help project managers set, measure and meet stream restoration goals.  

For more information contact:
Rich Starr

Center for Watershed Protection Webcast Series
Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov
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