MARYLAND STREAM RESTORATION ASSOCIATION

News

  • 20 Aug 2018 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    Invitation to Participate in “Next Generation Environmental Restoration in Maryland”

    We invite you to collaborate with us on promoting innovation in environmental restoration in Maryland. We will provide opportunities to brainstorm new ideas, consider approaches being used elsewhere, and suggest changes to existing procedures and policies that could jumpstart efforts to expand activities in the environmental restoration sector.

    Specific topics discussed will include: wetland mitigation banking; stream restoration; stormwater retrofits; cost-effective design; nutrient and wetland credit trading; benefits, costs and risks; navigating permitting requirements; and troubleshooting problems.

    Who should participate?

    Environmental restoration practitioners, stormwater engineering firms, land developers are all encouraged. We will also be soliciting input from county governments through another process.

    What is asked of participants?

    Participate in a webinar (Date: October 2nd or 11th); attend an in-person workshop (Date: Winter 2018-9, TBD); and review a draft report.

    Expected outcomes

    This project was initiated by the Maryland Department of the Environment who seek to understand opportunities and challenges of environmental restoration. The outcomes of this project will be a presentation and a report to Maryland county officials and Maryland

     Department of the Environment on suggestions to enhance restoration. Suggestions are likely to include specific actions and investments that the state might make to create incentives for action and support businesses in developing new approaches to achieving environmental goals.

    Who we are

    Dr. Lisa Wainger, who is leading this effort, is a professor of environmental economics at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Lab. Dr. Wainger has over 20 years of experience in applying economic analysis to promote efficient environmental policies. She works with her team to promote cost-effective approaches to generate ecologically significant and economically relevant outcomes of ecological restoration. Dr. Wainger is a frequent economics advisor to government agencies (e.g., Maryland Department of the Environment, US Army Corps of Engineers, White House Council on Environmental Quality, National Academies of Science) and is past Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee to the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program.

    To participate

    Email the Wainger Team at ceballos@umces.edu  with your name, title, company/affiliation, contact information (email/phone number) and preferred date of webinar (October 2 or October 11, 2018). Or, email any questions to the same email address: ceballos@umces.edu.


  • 18 Jun 2018 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Join MSRA for an evening of fun. Test your biology, geomorphology, and ecology knowledge at our Trivia Night. Groups of 3-4 will be competing for the coveted Trout Award. Event will be on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:00-9:00 PM at Little Havana Restaurant (1325 Key Hwy, Baltimore MD 21230). All are welcome! Bring a friend or family member. Appetizers provided. 

  • 4 Jun 2018 8:17 AM | Anonymous

    As a non‐profit organization that promotes the field of stream restoration through continuing research and education, the Maryland Stream Restoration Association (MSRA) is submitting a counterpoint response in favor of stream restoration. The MSRA executive board felt that Tom Pelton’s January 31, 2018 blog post about stream restoration projects and climate change, “Stream ‘Restoration’ Projects Being Washed Away by Climate Change”, was one‐sided, with quotes, projects, and rain events that seem to be hand selected to suggest only failure, when instead the field is in a state of growth and innovation. The MSRA recognizes the need to answer various outstanding questions in the science of stream restoration, including the impacts of climate change. However, oversizing channels to handle larger flows or deciding to abandon stream restoration as a solution all together is not the answer. The answer lies in supporting sustainable funding of a holistic scientific monitoring approach to better understand the unknowns.

    The entire response is available here

  • 15 May 2018 12:49 PM | Anonymous


    Annual Spring Meeting: MSRA Annual Spring Meeting

    When: Thursday May 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm
    Where: Barrett's Grill, 118 Shawan Road Hunt Valley, MD 21030

    Please register here so we can plan food accordingly.

    EVENT DETAILS:

    The Maryland Stream Restoration Association will be holding the annual spring meeting on Thursday May 31, 2018.

    Elections

    We have two qualified candidates nominated to fill the open positions for the next term:

    Mike Galvin (Secretary) and Mitch Keiler (President Elect).

    Additional nominations may be made from the floor.

    Presentation

    MSRA is thrilled to welcome back Dr. Tess Thompson who will speak on: Predicting Erosion Rates of Cohesive Stream Banks

    Dr. Theresa “Tess” Thompson is an associate professor in Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, the assistant department head for undergraduate studies, and a Turner Fellow of Engineering. Dr. Thompson has degrees in agricultural, civil, and biological systems engineering and has worked as an engineer in state government and private consulting, and as a consultant to US AID. Her research in watershed management focuses on stream and wetland restoration, urban stream systems, and streambank erosion. She currently teaches courses in fluvial geomorphology and stream restoration and is a frequent invited speaker on streambank erosion and low impact development. A former president of the American Ecological Engineering Society, she currently serves as secretary of the River Restoration Committee of ASCE-EWRI and on the advisory board for the International Ecological Engineering Society.

    Appetizers will be provided, Cash Bar.


  • 13 Mar 2018 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    The Maryland Water Monitoring Council, in partnership with the Maryland Stream Restoration Association and Biohabitats Inc., is providing a free workshop that will focus on Maryland protocols used to assess the physical habitat of freshwater streams, with an emphasis on Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) protocols. The workshop is on Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Howard County Conservancy - 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock, MD 21163.  For more information go here

  • 5 Mar 2018 10:44 AM | Anonymous

    Please join Maryland Stream Restoration Association for a job fair at University of Maryland College Park on March 10th. 


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