MSRA Spring 2017 Field Trip


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:

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 (

  • 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

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.

More participation needed for survey!

Don’t forget to participate in Dr. Thompson’s survey about design guidance for in-stream structures. 

Please click on the link below to take the survey.  It should take 5-10 minutes to complete and is fully anonymous. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tess Thompson at

AND reminder Dr. Thompson will be presenting today, Wednesday, March 15th on “Improving the success of in-stream structures”

The meeting will be held at:

Union Jacks, 10400 LITTLE PATUXENT PARKWAY, MD 21044

Event time:  6:00 – 9:00 PM

Event date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Appetizers Will Be Provided, Cash Bar.

Member Cost = Free. Non-Member Cost = $15

Sign up:


Guest Speaker for Spring Meeting

Dr. Theresa “Tess” Thompson, who is an associate professor in Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech will be the guest speaker at our spring meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.


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.

Talk: Improving the success of in-stream structures

While bank treatments have been used to prevent streambank erosion and channel migration for many years, in-stream structures frequently use less material, are less expensive, and provide greater habitat and (potentially) water quality benefits.  However, because of their location in the main channel, these structures are also more vulnerable to failure and present greater risk to stream stability if they fail.   As a result, both field and laboratory studies of in-stream structures have been conducted in recent years.    However, the design guidance has remained largely static.  Funded by a grant from the Maryland Department  and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, researchers from Virginia Tech are updating current design recommendations for common in-stream structures. This talk will propose updated design guidance based on recent research, present results of a practitioner survey, and provide a forum for the discussion of in-stream structure use and design based on practitioner experience.

Please take the following survey:

This survey is part of a project being conducted by researchers from the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Systems Engineering with funding provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

The goal of this project is to improve the design guidance for in-stream structures by synthesizing knowledge from academic research, current design guidance, and practitioner experience. Because of your experience with stream restoration design, we would greatly appreciate your input.

Please click on the link below to take the survey.  It should take 5-10 minutes to complete and is fully anonymous. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tess Thompson at

Elections – new treasurer

Elections will be held at our Spring Quarterly Meeting. Members are encouraged to attend and vote for our new treasurer!

Treasurer Candidate Bio’s:

Peter Daly, CFO

I am writing to express my interest in becoming the Treasurer for the Maryland Stream Restoration Association.  I am currently the Chief Financial Officer for Environmental Quality Resources, LLC and have almost 20 years experience as an accountant.  I served as the Treasure for a not-for-profit community association for 3 years.  In addition to my professional experience I am an avid outdoorsman, and have fished the Chesapeake Bay my entire life. I believe in volunteering, I am currently an assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout troop 804, and was Cub Master for Cub Scout pack 768 for 4 years.  I support the goals of MSRA not only as it relates to EQR, but for the overall improvement of our streams and waterways.

Brad Klinedinst

My name is Brad Klinedinst and I have been working for Stormwater Maintenance, LLC since 2010, where I am responsible for the management and oversight of our estimating department and for providing operations management support to our Maryland construction operations. I have a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Design from Penn State, and I have been actively involved in the landscape and environmental construction fields for the last 12 years. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, fishing, gardening, and working on projects around the house with my Fiance and our two dogs.

I feel I would be a great candidate for the Treasurer’s position based on my experiences with the management of project budgets and finances; both from bidding and estimating phase and from the project implementation phase. Additionally I have been responsible for helping with development capital expenditures purchase plans and for the oversight of operational and project related expenses.


Spring Quarterly Meeting

The Maryland Stream Restoration Association will be holding the second quarterly meeting of the year on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

The meeting will kick off with elections and discussion of proposed modifications to the constitution and bylaws. Then, MSRA will host a presenter who is still TBD.

The meeting will be held at:

Union Jacks, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia MD 21044

Event time:  6:00 – 9:00 PM

Event date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Appetizers Will Be Provided, Cash Bar.

Member Cost = Free. Non-Member Cost = $15

Call for Abstracts: 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference

Call for Abstracts: 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference

Abstracts are being accepted through March 27, 2017 for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference. The conference will be held October 12-13, 2017 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The theme for the conference is “Water Research: Building Knowledge and Innovative Solutions.”

Researchers from colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, private organizations, consulting firms, and industry are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for oral or poster presentation. Abstracts for basic and applied research papers are being solicited in all areas related to water resources including infrastructure, energy, monitoring, policy, supply, technology, water quality, and others.

The event is hosted by the Delaware Water Resources Center at the University of Delaware, Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center at Pennsylvania State University, Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech, West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

For more information about the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference, including abstract submission details, please visit


Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) 6th Annual Conference

WSA is hosting the 6th Annual Conference “Spring into Action!” on Saturday February 25th 2017 from 8:30-4:00pm at Lindale Middle School.  See 2017-conference-flyer for more information.

Individuals can also register using the link: Register online

Conference Agenda can be found: WSA Conference Page

We would also like to offer a conference display table to our non-profit partners, free of charge. If you are interested in reserving a table, please contact Lara Mulvaney at or 410-222-3831.

We hope to see you when we “Spring into Action!”


Stream Restoration Seminar and Job Fair

On February 18, 2017, the MSRA will be hosting the Stream Restoration Seminar and Job Fair at the University of Maryland – Department of Environmental Science and Technology.  With the implementation of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, the stream and ecological restoration industry is hard at work planning, assessing, designing, constructing and monitoring projects to restore our streams and watersheds. With this increase in work, the need for smart, trained and technically-able college graduates has never been higher across the industry.  The event will consist of presentations from a diverse group of speakers from the Stream Restoration industry within the state of Maryland, and a Job Fair focused on Stream Restoration internships and entry-level positions.

The purpose of the event is to:

  • Introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the Stream Restoration industry.
  • Make students aware of some of the Career Pathways that are available in the Stream Restoration industry.
  • Discuss the skill set and knowledge base that hiring managers are looking for in prospective employees, and follow up with the opportunities that are available for students looking to develop their skills and knowledge base.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to meet and interact with potential employers within the Maryland Stream Restoration Industry that may have internship and entry-level positions available.

If you are a student interested in attending the event, you can register and find more information here 2017-flyer-msra-students  and at the following website:  Registration is free, but space is limited so make sure to sign up.

If your company would like to participate, more information is here 2017-flyer-msra-organizations

See map below for parking/directions to building.



Submit an Abstract for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference!

Submit an Abstract for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference!

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Submit an abstract for Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference by January 31st.
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