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    • 16 Dec 2021
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    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.

    Where: GoToWebinar

    Following your registration, and prior to the event, you will receive a webinar link from GoToWebinar which will give you access to the webinar.

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    Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members

    Presenter Bio:

    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. 

    Presentation Abstract:

    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: 

    • True “Before” data – You must sample the before conditions in the restored reach in order to have a valid measure of uplift. The use of adjacent reaches or nearby streams as controls is not effective. 
    • Recruitment Assessment – “Once you build it can they get there?” is a basic question that must be answered. Literature clearly shows that proximity of populations of fish and benthos to re-colonize the restored reach is the best predictor of success. You must evaluate the potential for benthos and fish to recruit to the restored reach from upstream and downstream sources. 
    • Watershed Condition Assessment: Water quality is the primary variable that determines what species can survive long-term within a restored reach. You have to consider the level of development in a watershed and the potential for acute and chronic toxic inputs. 
    • Habitat Improvements – Only after considering the above assessments can you start evaluating how habitat improves as a result of restoration may provide biological uplift. We will present the results from several divergent sites to illustrate the tools above, and the BACI data to show the streams response to restoration. Although the data is limit now, we will make some observation about habitat features and fish species. 
    • Pikes Branch – an ultra-urban system with limited aquatic uplift but with significant ecosystem improvements. 
    • Timsbury Creek – Straight forward restoration with quick recovery post- restoration 
    • University of Richmond Restoration – Legacy sediment impacted site that shows significant capacity for recover of stream community but limited by presence of non-native predators 
    • Proctor’s Creek – Acid soils impacted site that showed significant improvements post restoration 

Past events

16 Nov 2021 MSRA Webinar Series - A Field Investigation of Stream Restoration Structures, feat. Dr. Tess Thompson
13 Oct 2021 MSRA Fall Field Trip - Paint Branch Stream Restoration
16 Sep 2021 MSRA Webinar Series - Improving Resiliency and Sustainability of Vulnerable by using Natural Channel Design Stream Restoration, feat. Thomas A. Graupensperger
4 Aug 2021 MSRA Summer Happy Hour
24 Jun 2021 MSRA Webinar Series - Upper Gunpowder Falls Watershed Brook Trout Conservation Partnership, featuring Scott Scarfone, Maryland Chapter Trout Unlimited
22 Apr 2021 MSRA Spring 2021 Virtual Career Seminar
25 Mar 2021 MSRA Webinar Series - highlighting the CBT Pooled Monitoring Initiative's Research Program feat. Dr. Thomas Jordan
18 Feb 2021 MSRA Webinar Series - featuring Scott McGill, CEO, Ecotone, Inc.
14 Jan 2021 MSRA Webinar Series - highlighting the CBT Pooled Monitoring Initiative's Research Program feat. Dr. Vanessa Beauchamp & Dr. Joel Moore
10 Dec 2020 MSRA Webinar Series - highlighting the CBT Pooled Monitoring Initiative's Research Program feat. Dr. Mark Southerland
5 Nov 2020 MSRA Webinar Series - highlighting the CBT Pooled Monitoring Initiative's Research Program feat. Dr. Tess Thompson
24 Sep 2020 MSRA Webinar Series - highlighting the CBT Pooled Monitoring Initiative's Research Program feat. Dr. Dong Liang
27 Aug 2020 MSRA Webinar Series - highlighting the CBT Pooled Monitoring Initiative's Research Program feat. Dr. Robert Hilderbrand
22 Feb 2020 MSRA Spring 2020 Stream Restoration Seminar & Job Fair
30 Jan 2020 The Cost of Carbon: An Environmental Accounting of Stream Restoration
5 Nov 2019 MSRA Fall Field Trip - Upper and Middle Slaughterhouse Stream Restoration
25 Jul 2019 Summer Field Trip - Lower Stony Run Stream Restoration
14 Apr 2019 Applied Hydrologic Modeling for Ecological Restoration Projects [Students Only]
27 Mar 2019 Spring 2019 Technical Presentation - Meet the Vendors
2 Mar 2019 MSRA Spring 2019 Stream Restoration Seminar & Job Fair
22 Jan 2019 The Ellicott City Floods
28 Nov 2018 Rescheduled- First Mine Branch Stream Restoration Field Trip
15 Nov 2018 First Mine Branch Stream Restoration Field Trip
29 Aug 2018 MSRA Summer 2018 Stream Restoration Field Trip & Social Gathering
19 Jun 2018 4th Annual Stream Trivia Night
31 May 2018 MSRA Annual Spring Meeting
10 Mar 2018 MSRA Spring 2018 Stream Restoration Seminar & Job Fair
8 Feb 2018 MSRA Winter Meeting: Dr. Andrew Muller and Capt. Diana Muller Present on the State of the Severn
25 Oct 2017 MSRA Fall Field Trip & Student Night/Job Fair
29 Jun 2017 New website
12 Jun 2017 3rd Annual Stream Trivia Night
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