Posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Maryland Stream Restoration Association 3rd Annual 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!
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
Registration: Register through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/msra-stream-trivia-night-tickets-35019086029?aff=erelexpmlt
Posted 4 months, 1 week ago
Maryland Stream Restoration Association Annual Spring 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 in Woodstock, MD. Rich Berkey will be giving a presentation on the recently completed Davis Branch Stream Restoration Project. We will be going to the Bare Bone Grill – 9150 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042 afterwards for appetizers and refreshments.
For more information visit our website at: https://marylandstreamrestorationassociation.com/
Posted 4 months, 4 weeks ago
MSRA Spring Field Trip on May 16th
The Maryland Stream Restoration Association (MSRA) 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 (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!
Posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Maryland Stream Restoration Association’s Spring Meeting
Dr. Thesera “Tess” Thompson, who is an associate professor in Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech will be the guest speaker at our spring meeting on March 15, 2017.
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
Please register on our website at: https://marylandstreamrestorationassociation.com/ or go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/msra-spring-2017-quarterly-meeting-tickets-32237729918?ref=wpwidget
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.
Posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Mid-Atlantic Region of Environmental Professionals (MAREP) Event – February 9, 2017
Great networking opportunity! Mid-Atlantic Region of Environmental Professionals (MAREP) is hosting an event.
DATE AND TIME
Thu, February 9, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Bertucci’s Kitchen & Bar
9081 Snowden River Parkway
Columbia, MD 21046
Characterization and Remediation of Perfluorinated Compounds
In an ever-changing world of regulations and emerging contaminant issues, it’s critical for environmental professionals to remain aware of these contaminants, their impact on human health, and best practices for addressing them. Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), also known as perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are among the most widespread and persistent manmade chemicals in our environment and have become an emerging concern.
Join MAREP for a discussion on these emerging contaminants, led by Ravi Damera, P.E., BCEE. Mr. Damera will address the regulatory process for these compounds of concern The discussion will focus on the regulations that govern Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) and challenges environmental professionals face in the characterization and remediation of perfluorinated compounds.
Ravi Damera is a senior program manager with AECOM. He has over 25 years of experience in multiple environmental practice areas, with a focus on remediation. Mr. Damera has several publications to his credit and served on American Society of Civil Engineers HTRW technical committees and as a peer a reviewer for technical journals. He also served as Adjunct Faculty in the Environmental Management program at the University of Maryland University College for 10 years. Mr. Damera holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology from University of Maryland College Park, and a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering.
THIS EVENT IS FREE, and appetizers will be provided by MAREP. Cash bar and the ability to order entrees will be available at your expense. Please register so we can place the appetizer order:
Posted 8 months ago
Stream Restoration Seminar and Job Fair
On February 18, 2017, the Maryland Stream Restoration Association (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 at the following website: https://MSRAJobFair.eventbrite.com Registration is free, but space is limited so make sure to sign up.
If you and your organization have an interest in participating in the Job Fair, please contact Mike Galvin at 410-316-2471 or MGalvin@jmt.com. Booth space is available, but must be reserved by February 4, 2017.
Posted 9 months ago
MSRA Holiday Party and Networking Event
Please join the Maryland Stream Restoration Association (MSRA) at our annual Holiday party on on Thursday, the 5th of January 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This is a great way to network with other professionals in the stream restoration community. Cost is free to members and only $15 to non-members which includes beverages and appetizers. Event will be held at: The Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Dr, Columbia, MD 21046
Please RSVP by: January 2nd, 2017 and register through eventbrite
Sign up to receive information about our events through https://marylandstreamrestorationassociation.com/
Posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago
MSRA Spring 2017 Stream Restoration Seminar & Job Fair
The MSRA Spring 2017 Stream Restoration Seminar and Job Fair 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 this 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
More information can be found at: https://marylandstreamrestorationassociation.com/
Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Maryland Stream Restoration Association Fall Field Trip
The Maryland Stream Restoration Association will be holding our annual Fall Field Trip on November 10th, 2016 at the Jones Falls Stream on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.
This is an exciting project that will allow fish passage and vastly improve that stretch of the Jones Falls. Carl Simon will be giving a presentation on the recently completed Jones Falls Stream Restoration Project. Mr. Simon will also discuss the pre- and post-restoration monitoring efforts being conducted. Representatives from Brightwater, Inc. (designer) and Environmental Quality Resources, LLC (contractor) will also be presenting about the goals of the design, permitting, and construction of the project.
Project Site: 7329 Falls Road, Towson, MD
Post Visit Gathering Time: 4:00-7:00 at Mount Washington Tavern, 5700 Newbury St, Baltimore, MD 21209 (http://mtwashingtontavern.com/). Appetizers Will Be Provided, Cash Bar.
Member Cost = Free
Non-Member Cost = $15
Please register (even if a MSRA member) at Event Website
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