Restoration Efforts in West Virginia
Sustain, restore and conserve

Natural Channel Design Review Course is a Hit!
July 13, 2009

Biologist, Rich Starr, leading field session of NCD course, USFWS
Biologist, Rich Starr, leading field session of NCD course, USFWS

When EPA (Region 6) needed a standardized method for stream restoration design, they turned to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office. The ensuing course, developed with Baker Engineering Inc., trains individuals to review stream restoration designs developed using natural channel design methodology (NCD).

NCD uses geomorphic measurements from stable streams as a template for designing the restored stream. Adjustments can then be made so that the restored stream can accommodate the flow and sediment without creating excessive erosion or deposition downstream.

The course, initially offered at National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia, was attended by two EPA regulators from each region. Topics covered included fluvial principles and processes, restoration objective, NCD methodology, stabilization techniques and monitoring. Participants learned assessment and design review though a combination of lecture, field sessions and classroom exercises.

The National Center for Conservation Training recognized the importance of this course and has added it to their course catalog.

The second presentation of this course occurred in Kansas and was attended by Federal State and local government representatives as well as non-governmental organizations from Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. Administrators, regulators, public works employees and restoration designers and practitioners were among those attending.

For more information contact:
Rich Starr

Aquatic Species Conservation White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatcheryto Begin Propagation of the Atlantic Pigtoe
June 1, 2009

Atlantic pigtow mussel. NC Wildlife Resource Commissioon photo.
Atlantic pigtow mussel. NC Wildlife Resource Commissioon photo.

White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery, in partnership with the Conservation Management Institute, recently secured a research grant to identify suitable fish hosts for the Atlantic pigtoe, Fusconaia masoni. Due to population declines across its historic range, the Atlantic pigtoe is listed as threatened by the state of Virginia and in 2008, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposed that the Atlantic pigtoe be considered for Endangered Species Act protection. Pregnant female mussels will be collected from the Nottoway River within the boundaries of the Fort Pickett Army National Guard Manuever Training Center in Blackstone, VA. Fort Pickett has one of the best remaining populations of the Atlantic pigtoe in Virginia, and possibly the world.

Contact Info: Matthew Patterson, 304-536-1046,

Last updated: November 16, 2009