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.

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 tthompson@vt.edu.

https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_54qtZbrOgwd437n

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/msra-spring-2017-quarterly-meeting-tickets-32237729918

 

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.

Bio:

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 tthompson@vt.edu.

https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_54qtZbrOgwd437n

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.