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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Hosts the 6th Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference
Northeast Region, November 17, 2011
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Poster Session at 2011 Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference
Poster Session at 2011 Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference - Photo Credit: Doug Hutzell, Environmental Services Inc.
Urban and Non Urban Stream Restoration
Urban and Non Urban Stream Restoration - Photo Credit: Doug Hutzell, Environmental Services Inc
Dam removal and stream restoration
Dam removal and stream restoration - Photo Credit: Doug Hutzell, Environmental Services Inc

The 6th Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference, held November 15-17, 2011 in Flintstone, Maryland, brought together roughly 270 professionals from universities, government agencies and the private sector to explore the science, engineering, and policy of restoring streams and with a special focus of incorporating stream functions into goal setting, assessments, designs, performance standards, and monitoring.


The first day of the conference included pre-conference workshops and a plenary session. There were three four-hour workshops. The first workshop was held by Chesapeake Bay Field Office (CBFO) biologist, conference chair and Master of Ceremonies, Rich Starr on the stream functions framework as a model for setting goals and evaluating the functional improvement of stream restoration projects. The other two pre-conference workshops focused stream restoration decision analysis and regenerative design. The plenary session explored incorporating stream functions into stream restoration and mitigation with feature keynote speaker Ellen Wohl – professor at Colorado State University and author of such books as: Disconnected Rivers, Virtual Rivers, and Of Rock and Rivers.

Day two included eight breakout sessions examining Functional Stream Assessment and Restoration, Aquatic Species Habitat Restoration, Stream Impacts, Community and Streams, and Innovative Restoration Design Tools, Methods, and Adaptations. The Restoration of Watt’s Branch, a highly urbanized stream in the Anacostia River watershed, was presented by CBFO’s Mark Secrist. CBFO’s Sandy Davis’ presentation explained Rapid Stream Monitoring Protocol developed by that office. A luncheon talk by Dave Rosgen of Wildland Hydrology presented the Application of WARSSS for a Watershed-Based Master Plan for Stream Restoration: The Trail Creek Watershed.

The last day’s panel discussions covered the future of stream restoration as implemented through state and federal agency programs. Representatives from West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provided brief presentations on their agencies’ programs and their future direction in addressing stream restoration

For more information contact:
Rich Starr

Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference 2011
Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov
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