MSRA has a new website!

Please visit our new website  to get the latest event information and updates from MSRA. We will be retiring this website soon so please make sure you register on our new site to get information on upcoming events.  We are hoping this new website will make it easier for our administrators to communicate with our current and potential new members.  

Sponsorship of Student Registration for 2017 Mid Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference

Are you a Student?

Let MSRA pay your way to this year’s Mid Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference!

The Maryland Stream Restoration Association (MSRA) is making available to two lucky students, a free registration to the Mid Atlantic region’s premier conference on the topic of stream restoration.  This conference brings together many of the leading stream restoration professionals on the east coast and beyond.  Please visit the conference website at www.midatlanticstream.org for information regarding presentations and sponsors that will be at the event.

If you are interested in attending please submit a 1 Page letter describing the following

  1. Why is stream restoration important to you
  2. What do you hope to get out of the conference, and
  3. Provide your current stream restoration knowledge or skills.

The write up should be emailed to Shannon Lucas, President of the MSRA at shannon.lucas@kci.com.  The submittals will be reviewed and evaluated by the executive committee of the MSRA and winner will be selected.

The registration only covers the cost of admittance to the conference and NOT food or lodging.

The deadline for submittal is Friday, August 25, 2017 and a decision will be made Friday September 1, 2017.  

Wanted: Stream Restoration Sites

MSRA is looking for a stream restoration site for our Summer Field Trip which will take place sometime between late August and early September.

We are looking for a stream restoration site, preferably in the northern Baltimore area, which encountered some unexpected challenges during/after construction (like structure failures which had to be addressed during or after construction). We are also interested in showing off a stream that exhibited challenges of any sort during the design or construction process.

Please send me your information if you have a stream restoration site that fits our criteria. I can be reached at blevy1990@gmail.com. The person who comes forth with stream restoration site that we choose will get 2 free beers after the event!

Don’t forget about our Trivia Night tonight!!

Details:
Location: Ale House Columbia
                  6480 Dobbin Center Way,
                  Columbia, MD 21045
Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Cost: Free! Appetizers provided, Cash bar

3rd Annual Stream Trivia Night!

Kick your competitive juices into high gear for the 3rd Annual MSRA Stream Trivia Night Social Event! Substantial pride and bragging rights are on the table. Trivia questions will focus on stream restoration topics, ranging from geology, morphology, geomorphology, biology, and all of the other stream related topics.

This year, we’ve reserved a room in the Ale House Columbia. Bone up on your Chesapeake Bay Watershed facts and prepare to chow down on some free appetizers (cash bar), while testing the limits of your knowledge on all things fluvial. Hope to see you there!

Details:
Location: Ale House Columbia
                  6480 Dobbin Center Way,
                  Columbia, MD 21045
Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Cost: Free! Appetizers provided, Cash bar

Save the Date!

MSRA will be hosting its third annual Stream Trivia Night on June 13, 2017. Teams of 4-5 people will be competing for the coveted bragging rights and an exclusive prize. This year’s questions are sure to stump even the most seasoned stream professional. Appetizers provided, cash bar.  Come and learn something new and have fun with your fellow tree huggers! Location and time TBD.

      2015 Winners

Field Trip today!

Don’t forget about our Spring Field Trip today at the Davis Branch Stream. Rich Berkey will be giving a presentation on the recently completed Davis Branch Stream Restoration Project. For more information and to register go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/msra-spring-2017-field-trip-tickets-33818099847?aff=erelexpmlt

 

SHA request for proposals

The Administration intends to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide stream restoration services on private land. Contractors will be responsible for site selection, land acquisition, survey, design, permitting, construction, monitoring and adaptive management, and any other services required to deliver complete stream restoration projects to the Administration. Services may involve new or previously completed projects in accordance with the detailed instructions that will be provided in the RFP. Services will be procured using the Competitive Sealed Proposal (CSP) process.

See MDOT SHA Full Delivery Stream Restoration Informational Meeting Announce… for more information.

MSRA Spring 2017 Field Trip

DESCRIPTION

The Maryland Stream Restoration Association will be holding our annual Spring Field Trip on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at the Davis Branch Stream. Rich Berkey will be giving a presentation on the recently completed Davis Branch Stream Restoration Project.

Working closely with Howard County, the Conservancy, and community stakeholders, Biohabitats crafted a design to restore pre-disturbance aquatic function to Davis Branch, taking advantage of the unique rural character and minimal constraints within the stream’s riparian corridor. The design, which employs a variety of natural channel and floodplain structures using indigenous materials, establishes ecologically meaningful reconnection between the restored stream and adjacent undisturbed floodplain surface. The restored stream and floodplain system provides enhanced terrestrial and aquatic habitat variability, augmenting the Conservancy’s already richly diverse floral and faunal communities. It also creates new opportunities for the Conservancy’s education and outreach programs.

More information on the restoration project and monitoring efforts can be found at the following links:

http://www.biohabitats.com/wp-content/uploads/DavisBranch_13005.pdf

Event date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Event time: 5:00 – 9:00 PM

The meeting will be held at: 10520 Old Frederick Rd, Woodstock, MD 21163

  • Transportation Directions: Please park your cars in the Howard County Conservancy parking lot.

Post Trip Gathering Location: Bare Bone Grill – 9150 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042 @ 7 – 9 PM (http://www.barebonesgrill.com/maryland/index.php)

  • Appetizers Will Be Provided, Cash Bar.

Member Cost = Free

Non-Member Cost = $15

Please sign up through Eventbrite so we know how much food to order https://www.eventbrite.com/e/msra-spring-2017-field-trip-tickets-33818099847?ref=wpwidget

We hope you can make it!

Presentation link

Dr. Theresa “Tess” Thompson, who is an associate professor in Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech spoke at our spring meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Her talk was about improving the success of in-stream structures. A link to the abstract can be found here. The presentation is here: MSRA Presentation 15 March 2017.