Our Spring Meeting was a huge success. It was held at Little Havana’s in Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The meeting started with elections and discussion of proposed modifications to the constitution and bylaws. Shannon Lucas  was elected as President Elect and Jeremy Koser was elected as Secretary. The Constitution and Bylaws were approved.  Scott Macomber gave a brief talk about committees, and the need for volunteers.  A brief survey was handed out to solicit input on topics of interest, preferred meeting days, etc.  A survey monkey link will be provided to allow for those unable to attend to provide feedback as well. We are busy moving forward with our priorities:  the pooled monitoring effort, and the education committee initiatives.  Please contact MSRA if you would like to become involved.

Our guest speaker, Dr. Tammy Newcomer-Johnson of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Oceans and Coastal Protection Division, discussed her recently published article “Nutrient Retention in Restored Streams and Rivers: A Global Review and Synthesis.”

The presentation was informative and engaging.  Dr. Newcomer-Johnson explained her methods and findings.  Her study concludes that certain types of stream restoration projects have a positive impact on reducing nutrients.  Dr. Newcomer-Johnson also customized her presentation to offer data focused on Maryland stream restoration studies.  The presentation was followed by a group discussion that focused on the need for additional data and monitoring.

A link to her paper can be found here: