Happy new year and may it be somewhat drier than the last!

This a periodic bulletin for the stream restoration community to keep you apprised on progress made by all the expert groups that are revisiting the stream restoration crediting protocols for the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

First, quite an impressive crew you all are: 65 hard-working expert practitioners that have kindly volunteered their time and wisdom to this noble endeavor—so, thanks for all your help !

So, here goes our exclusive CSN streaming service: 

Progress on Verification (group 1). Group has officially met twice, but folks did a lot of initial work back in the summer. They are making steady progress and are reviewing a new draft memo released this week. Expect the group to make its recommendations in the 1st quarter of 2019

Progress on Crediting for Outfall Restoration (group 2): This group has done 3 calls and is making good progress on crafting a possible protocol. MD SHA and VDOT, and their consultants have provided strong technical support. The odds are pretty decent that the group will come to some sort of consensus by mid to late Spring.

Progress on Standardizing the Prevented Sediment Protocol (group 3); This group had a kick-off call in December and is moving resolutely thru its charge. Our group survey helped narrow down the focus of the group, which involves improving standards for measuring parameters in the field and properly calculating the protocol in the office. They are also tackling the issue of project over-armoring, and the group should hopefully wrap-up their recommendations by summer.

Progress on Improving Floodplain Reconnection Protocol (group 4)—this all-star group met for the first time in December and quickly realized they had a lot of stream research and engineering theory to catch up on. They agreed on many key priorities to discuss, and will be having a research review meeting in early Feb. Expect that the group will be deliberating though the summer (at least)    

Technical Report or Paper of the Month

Group 4 felt that the Lammers and Bledsoe 2017 was a good review paper that all four groups should look over during their research review. Posted in Critical Reviews In Environmental Science and Technology, the paper is titled, “What Role Does Stream Restoration Plan in Nutrient Management”.

Upcoming group meetings and calls

Group 1 Conference Call:                      January 15, 10-12

Group 2 Conference Call:                     February 6, 10-12

Group 3 Face to Face Meeting:            January 23 EPA CBPO *

Group 4 Face to Face Meeting:           February 12   EPA CBPO *

  • Federal Shutdown Note: While CSN never closes, EPA sometimes has to shut-down, which it has done this week. Our calls/meetings, however, will continue throughout the shutdown, but check with us @ CSN for updates on alternative phone lines and meeting locations if the situation is not resolved quickly.

USWG Stream Research Symposium             January 22 EPA CBPO *

Some new stream restoration research presentations are soon to be scheduled for our monthly Urban Stormwater Work Group call, that everyone is welcome to join by phone: Our next call is shown below, look for details on the research topics soon!

January 22 EPA CBPO *

Some new stream restoration research presentations are soon to be scheduled for out monthly Urban Stormwater Work Group call.

See federal shutdown note above

Other Streaming Data:

4th BUBBAs Contest to Launch later in the month. 

Get an advance peek on the review criteria for the hotly contested stream restoration category in the Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award. We strongly encourage all of you to submit your best stream restoration projects for this prestigious contest, and earn bragging rights and a cool 5 K grand prize!   

CBT Restoration Research Request for Proposals (RFP) – now open!

Most of you know about this great funding program for practical stream restoration research, but if not, it is definitely worth a scan: 

The goal of this research program is to answer several key restoration questions that serve as a barrier to watershed restoration project implementation. Funding partners hope that answering these questions will ultimately lead to increased confidence in proposed restoration project outcomes, clarification of the optimal site conditions in which to apply particular restoration techniques, information useful to regulatory agencies in project permitting, and information that will help guide monitoring programs.

What it funds & who can apply: Research to address one or more of the key restoration questions listed in the RFP. Both not-for-profit entities (academic institutions, non-profit organizations) and for-profit entities are permitted to apply.

Review the RFP and apply onlinehttps://cbtrust.org/restoration-research/