MSRA Webinar Series - What Biological Uplift can be Realistically Expected from Stream Restoration? Early Results of a Before/After Control/Impact Study, feat. Bree Stephens & Bob Siegfried
In response to COVID-19, and in attempt to continue offering opportunities for discussion and to promote advancement of the Maryland stream restoration industry, MSRA is excited to announce a series of webinars featuring leading industry researchers and partners. Stay tuned through our website and social media channels for the series schedule. Continuing Education Credits will be offered for these events. We hope you will join us:
When: Thursday, December 16, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Following your registration, and prior to the event, you will receive a webinar link from GoToWebinar which will give you access to the webinar.
Will you be attending?
Register Today! Registration will close at 5pm on Wednesday December 15.
Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members
Bree Stephens is a stream ecologist and designer in Richmond, VA RES office. She leads our biological surveys throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Bree received her Master degree in Environmental Science at VCU, where she focused on fisheries biology and worked for the VCU Fish Lab. She joined RES in 2017, where her goal is to guide stream restoration designers and engineers in incorporating ecological uplift wherever possible into stream restoration designs.
Bob Siegfried is a Sr. Project Manager (and old school stream ecologist) in RES’s Richmond office, providing leadership to large restoration projects and listening to what the streams are telling us.
RES is currently conducting an extensive before/after control/impact study of fish and benthic data from stream restoration projects in Virginia and Maryland. We currently have 29 streams in our study. We sample prior to restoration, immediately post-construction before site has vegetated, and at a minimum 1 year post-restoration. We are only in the second year of a 5 year program but feel that we are already seeing valuable results. We believe that this dataset will be one of the most extensive true BACI studies of stream restoration ever conducted in the mid-Atlantic. What is clear is that every site is unique in its ability to achieve biological uplift of the aquatic community. Using the before and after data and our knowledge of the project site and watershed, we can start to build tools to allow us to predict what would be realistic expectations for biological uplift. Those tools include: