MSRA Webinar Series - A Fluvial Geomorpholgist’s Definition of Stream Restoration Feat. John Field
MSRA is excited to continue our series of webinars featuring leading industry researchers and partners, as we strive to offer opportunities for discussion and promote advancement of the Maryland stream restoration industry. Visit our website and social media channels for upcoming webinars. Continuing Education Credits will be offered for these events. We hope you will join us:
When: Thursday September 1, 2022
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 August 31.
Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members
Dr. John Field, President and founder of Field Geology Services since 2002, received a Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Arizona with concentrations in fluvial geomorphology and hydrology. During eight years as a university professor, Dr. Field received two excellence in teaching awards and was active in training teachers and government agency personnel on techniques for identifying flood and erosion hazards and assessing the stability and habitat conditions of rivers. Dr. Field has over 35 years of professional experience working on rivers in 15 states and 12 other countries worldwide. He has assessed over 1,000 miles of river and restored more than 35 miles of stream, often utilizing large wood to improve river function and aquatic habitat. As an award-winning professor, Dr. Field is able to present and explain complex concepts in a clear and concise manner.
Stream restoration has become a catchall phrase for nearly all in-stream management practices, because “stream restoration” is generally perceived in a more favorable light by the public and by funding and permitting authorities. To a fluvial geomorphologist, in contrast, the term “stream restoration” represents a very narrow class of projects that: a) move the stream towards an equilibrium condition; b) are sustainable (i.e., never require maintenance); and c) do not destabilize other portions of the stream. In-stream projects need not fit this narrow definition of stream restoration in order to achieve laudable goals such as infrastructure protection, habitat enhancement, and pollution control. However, making project design improvements with inputs from a fluvial geomorphologist can improve long-term project outcomes, save funds on maintenance, and improve channel stability even beyond the project’s limits.
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