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“an association of professionals dedicated to healthy streams through the advancement of stream restoration science” 

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  • 26 Jun 2024 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    With the generous support of many, the MSRA has awarded $6,000 and a year of MSRA membership to three very deserving students.  The winners of the MSRA 2024 Jim Gracie Memorial Scholarship are presented below.  We look forward to welcoming them into our community and fostering their careers.

    Lydia Clark:

    Lydia will be pursuing her masters in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science at either University of Maryland Eastern shore or the University of Delaware.  She wants to be a conservation biologist, marine ecologist/biologist, or a natural resource technician where she is able to do hands on work, learn about ecological restoration projects and explore topics and projects that cover a variety of issues. Her family is indigenous to the Goáscoran River Basin and Comayagua Valley of Central America.Lydia Clark - 2024

    “Instilling the mindset that the earth is a sacred place that needs to be taken care of is vital for efforts like stream restoration. If we better understand our relationship to the stream, and the organisms that live within it, we'll regain that connection. This will help us be more passionate about restoring the environment, and learning sustainable practices (many of which indigenous people used to use) that improve the health of the planet.”

    “Thank you so much for this scholarship opportunity! I am honored to receive it and greatly appreciate it.”

    Holly Anthony:

    Holly will be a senior at the University of Mary Washington pursuing a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science & Sustainability.  After graduating, Holly looks to do environmental research, and educate others on what they are doing environmentally, such as “their usage and their carbon footprints, and how that is affecting the ecosystems around them”.  She’s interested in sampling water quality parameters in the Chesapeake Bay.Holly Anthony - 2024

    She has worked with the Friends of the Rappahannock testing the turbidity to create a live web-based reporting tool with USGS for recreational users to understand what the readings mean. She’s worked with elementary-aged children along the river, and has learned how to tailor information about the river to all age groups, a very beneficial skill to hold. 

    I am honored to have received the Jim Gracie Memorial Scholarship and the MRSA membership this year. It means a lot to me that I had the chance to apply and learn about Jim Gracie’s passions.” 

    Diego Henriquez:

    Diego will be a sophomore at the University of Maryland College Park working toward a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Technology and plans to pursue a career in ecosystem restoration.Diego Henriquez - 2024

    “Growing up in a family from El Salvador, I have a deep understanding of the importance of land and water resources within agricultural communities. El Salvador is a developing agrarian nation in Central America, and I have witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by communities in managing natural resources sustainably. Water shortages and drought are issues common in my home nation that will inevitably become more common here in Maryland as climate change begins changing weather patterns. I feel the knowledge I’ve gained throughout my life will make me uniquely equipped to aid the stream restoration community to account for the more diverse aspects of the industry, such as communicating with people who may only speak Spanish.”

    “The previous stewards of these lands may not be here anymore, but we very much hold the responsibility to be the next generation of carers for the limited natural resources we have.”


  • 30 Aug 2023 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    The MSRA is excited to announce the winners of our 2023 Jim Gracie Memorial Scholarship.


    Alyssa will be a Sophomore at University of Maryland at College Park pursuing a bachelor degree in Environmental Science & Policy/ Concentration in Wildlife Ecology & Management.  After completing her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science & Policy/Concentration in Wildlife Ecology & Management, aims to become a Wildlife Biologist/Conservationist. Alyssa is a Watershed Steward within the Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy Program (AAWSA) and interned with a team this summer at the USGS Eastern Ecological Center to monitor the reproductive success of local tern species via waterbird nest surveys, chick banding and data entry on Poplar Island. 

    “I want to spread my perspective of age-inclusive watershed conservation efforts so that children, teenagers, and young adults can be an active part of the community.”

    Laila Buckman:

    Laila will be a Freshman at Virginia Tech pursuing a bachelor degree in Wildlife Conservation and wants to research ways to protect the Hellbender Salamander from climate change. Following graduation, Laila aims work at an agency to maintain protected lands, such as the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service or Bureau of Land Management.

    My career goal is to help in the fight against the increasing dangers of climate change.”

    “No matter where I go, or where my studies may take my career, one thing will remain constant: I will do everything in my power to help and push our country and world towards a more ecologically stable future.”

    Mackenzie Smith:

    Mackenzie will be a Senior at Towson University, graduating in December 2023 with a bachelor degree in Environmental Studies.  She grew up on the Bush River in Aberdeen, Maryland. Mackenzie’s interested in working for the EPA field office in Annapolis where she interned through a program called C-StREAM, which focuses on recruiting first generation college students and/or people who identify as BIPOC. Mackenzie has a gift for presenting to groups, educating and engaging others, and speaking up for nature. 

    “I teach friends the implications of their environmental hazardous actions. I pick up trash whenever I can. I attend conventions to keep learning the groundbreaking findings in the environmental field. I sign petitions, I protest, and I used my social media platform to educate the public. Speaking for nature is the most fulfilling way I can connect with it.”

  • 4 Aug 2021 10:11 AM | Deleted user

    BeaverCom will be held on March 8 - March 10, 2022 at the Delta Hotel Hunt Valley, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.  Abstracts for BeaverCom due on September 10th. More information can be found here

  • 3 Jun 2020 10:26 AM | Deleted user

    The Nature Conservancy is posting Addendum #2 of the Potomac River Basin nontidal wetland RFP which extends the deadline for the submission of proposals to July 31, 2020.  Addendum #2 to the RFP may be found on our website listed below.



  • 10 Jan 2020 3:33 PM | Deleted user


    The Cost of Carbon: An Environmental Accounting of Stream Restoration

    Presented by Dr. Elliott Campbell and Peter May 

    When: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 5:45-9:00 PM

    Where: TBD

    Parking: TBD


    6:00 to 6:30 Mitch Keiler to provide MSRA updates.

    6:30 to 7:30 Dr. Peter May, University of Maryland Dept. of Environmental Science and Technology, will present on TBD

    7:30 to 9:00 Networking!

    Members are free. The cost for non-members is $15. Event updates will be forwarded to MSRA members and posted at the following website: www.marylandstreamrestorationassociation.org

    We hope to see you there!

  • 11 Oct 2019 10:34 AM | Deleted user

    There's still plenty of time to purchase vendor space or a sponsorship to the 25th Maryland Water Monitoring Council Conference on Dec. 6. at the Maritime Center in Linthicum. They are expecting about 600 attendees with lots of talks, posters and exhibit tables. Sign up now!

    The deadline for vendor/sponsor registration is Nov. 8A vendor/sponsor registration form is HERE.

  • 18 Jul 2019 10:14 AM | Deleted user

    The field trip has been rescheduled for July 25th. For more information go to: Summer Field Trip - Lower Lower Stony Run Stream Restoration

  • 2 Apr 2019 11:05 AM | Deleted user

    Applied Hydrologic Modeling for Ecological Restoration Projects [Students Only]

    Date: April 14, 2019

    Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location: The Animal Sciences/ENST Building at the University of Maryland College Park

    Maryland Stream Restoration Association is hosting a one day class, Applied Hydrologic Modeling for Ecological Restoration Projects, on Sunday, April 14th from 9-4 at the University of Maryland, College Park Campus. The class will be instructed by Jeremy Payne, P.E., Water Resources Engineer. The goal of the class is to successfully develop and run TR-55 and TR-20 models for a variety of restoration scenarios. This is being offered to students only at this time. For more information visit our website at: https://marylandstreamrestorationassociation.org/event-3338753

  • 21 Mar 2019 9:40 AM | Deleted user

    MSRA has drafted our events for the remainder of the year and beyond.  See below. We are always looking for companies to host field trips and give presentations. 

    March 27, 2019 – Technical Presentation

    TBD – One Day Research Presentation

    June 2019 – Trivia Night

    August 2019 – Summer Field Trip

    October 2019 – Fall Field Trip

    November 2019 - MASRC (Sponsorship)

    December 2019 – Maryland Water Monitoring Conference (Sponsorship)

    January 2020 – MSRA Yearly Strategic Planning Meeting

    January 2020 – Holiday Party

  • 19 Mar 2019 8:30 AM | Deleted user

    Spring 2019 Technical Presentation -Don't take your supplier for granite: The cost and availability of materials for stream restoration projects

    Do you know where the materials you specify come from? Why are your bids coming up so high? Have you specified materials that are readily available? 

    With the significant forecast for stream restoration construction over the next few years – it’s important to understand the limitations and potential for various products regularly specified on design plans.  We saw the fate of the sandstone boulder and the 18” cobble.  Is imbricated next? Our future may become supply limited.  How can designers improve what they are specifying?  Can we as a community, reduce our carbon footprint and miles traveled for certain products to get to our sites? This presentation will give designers a better understanding of what materials are readily available and how costs increase when difficult materials are specified. The purpose of this event it to encourage designers to work with producers to find innovative and cost-saving alternatives.  

    More information can be found here

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