July 2012

R5 Science Seminar Series 2012

Date: Thursday, July 26th, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., Northeast Region Office Large Auditorium. This seminar will be broadcast on the internet. You will be able to view the presentation by clicking this link http://www.livestream.com/r5broadcasts or for closed captioning, please use this link http://www.ccproductions.com/ccp_streaming.asp?event=FWS-R5

Title: A Function-based Framework for Stream Assessment an Restoration Projects

Presenter:Richard R. Starr, Division Chief, Habitat Restoration Division, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Abstract:The Stream Functions Pyramid, developed by Harman (2008), provides a framework that organizes stream functions in a pyramid form. The Pyramid illustrates that stream functions are supported by lower level functions in a hierarchical structure. The Pyramid is a useful tool in goal setting, developing and reviewing stream assessment methodologies, and creating standard operating procedures for regulatory and non-regulatory stream restoration programs. The Pyramid framework consists of four components that increase in detail. These four components comprise the Stream Functions Pyramid Framework. First, the broad-level view shows the five functional categories (Levels) with the underlying controlling variables of geology and climate. Second, function-based parameters are provided for each functional category. Third, measurement methods are provided for each function-based parameter. And fourth, where possible, performance standards are provided for the measurement methods. This presentation will briefly describe the Stream Functions Pyramid Framework and it potential applications.

Bio: Richard Starr is Chief of the Habitat Restoration Division within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office, Annapolis, Maryland. The division promotes watershed based assessment and natural stream restoration methodologies and has three focus areas: training and education, technical assistance, and demonstration projects. Richard has over 20 years experience and has conducted numerous geomorphic watershed and stream assessments; implemented stream restoration and fish passage projects; developed a variety of stream assessment protocols and tools; produced numerous technical and planning documents, and developed and delivered training courses on stream protection, assessment, and restoration.

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