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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Conducts Natural Channel Design Review Methodology Course
Northeast Region, October 19, 2009
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office and Baker Engineering Inc. developed, for EPA, a protocol and training module for 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.   


Service biologists across the Nation are assessing, reviewing, designing, and implementing stream restoration projects for Service trust species on a daily basis.  This protocol provides a checklist which outlines essential tasks that must be completed to ensure restoration success.  Through the use of the checklist, Service biologists will also more effectively communicate with stream practitioners throughout the assessment and design process.  This will streamline the review process and result in greater benefits to trust species.


The National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) saw the utility of this protocol and training to Service biologists and added it to their course catalog.  Staff from the Chesapeake Bay Field Office taught the class for the first time at NCTC in October 2009.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife personnel made up about 70% of the attendees, the rest were from the Department of Defense and non-governmental organizations. Topics covered included fluvial principles and processes, restoration objective, NCD methodology, stabilization techniques and monitoring. Participants learned assessment and design review through a combination of lecture, field sessions and classroom exercises. 


Such training modules are relevant to a suite of state, local and federal natural resource agencies who are regularly tasked with reviewing the merits of stream restoration, enhancement, and/or protection projects proposed to compensate for authorized impacts to streams.


For more information contact:

Richard Starr



Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov
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