2017 Agenda


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Wednesday, September 20      

8:30  – 12:00    Pre-conference Workshops

Workshop #1:  Less is More:  Leveraging Sustainability and Ecosystem Services in Stream Restoration Design

Workshop #2:  A Spreadsheet Tool to Quantify Functional Lift and Loss

Workshop #3:  The Drones Are Here to Stay: Guidance for Implementation of sUAS

12:00 – 1:30    Lunch on your own

1:30 – 5:00    Plenary Session
“Building a Better Bridge between Science and Practice”
How do we connect new and ongoing research/science with practice?

1:30 pm
Welcome & Opening Remarks
–Michael “Squeak” Smith, Resource Institute

1:45 Opening Keynote Presentation
William C. Baker, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD

2:15 pm
Rapid-Fire Session
The purpose of the session is to present information on a specific topic in a short amount of time.  At the end of the presentation, each presenter will ask a “challenge question” to the audience. The audience will then have 1.5 days to respond to the question through electronic means or at a station at the conference. The information will be summarized and presented to the audience during the closing session.
2:30  Topic #1 – Engaging Communities
— Josh Burch, District Department of Energy and Environment
— Craig Carson, Montgomery County DEP
2:50  Topic #2 – Challenge of Getting Projects Done
— Erik Michelsen, Anne Arundel County
— Matt Myers, Department of Public Works and Environmental Service
3:10   Break
3:30   Topic #3 – TMDLS & Biological Functional Uplift
— Scott Stranko, MD DNR
— Scott Lowe, McCormick Taylor, Inc.
— Stanley Kemp, PhD, University of Baltimore
— A representative of Maryland Dept of the Environment
4:10   Topic #4 – Effective Communication between Designer and Contractor
— Patrick DiNicola, RK&K
— Chris Choppin, Environmental Quality Resources
4:30   Q&A
4:45   How to Move the Topics Forward During the Conference
5:00 pm   Adjourn

5:30 – 8:00    Sponsors’ Reception – for all conference participants by the sponsors.


Thursday, September 21         

8:30 – 5:00    Concurrent Sessions

Session A  Monitoring; Post-Disaster; Stream Impacts from Resource Extraction; & Stream Restoration Economics
Session B  Functional Stream Assessment Methodologies
Session C  Stream Restoration & TMDLs – Policy, Research & Methods
Session D  Innovative Restoration Design Tolls, Methods &  Adaptations (8:30 – 2:30 pm)

12:00 pm      Lunch Provided & drawing for Axle Gimble Drone.
Click to watch a video from the Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference

Session E  Get Your Shovels Ready!  An Update on the Maryland SHA’s TMDL Implementation Program (3 – 5 pm)
Session F  Aquatic Species Habitat Restoration & Stream Permitting – Advances and Challenges
Session G  Ecology of Stream Restoration
Session H  Communities and Streams

5:30 pm       Light Reception at the Pratt Street Alehouse


Friday, September 22   

8:00 – 12:00  Plenary Session

8:00 am
Rapid Fire Session Summary & Next Steps

8:30   Design Approach Panel Discussion 
– How do you apply design alternatives analysis to a project?
The purpose of the session is to discuss design approaches and techniques.  The panelists will also discuss b
enefits, impacts, and costs associated with the design.
— Moderator, Jeremy Koser, JMT, Hunt Valley, MD
— Scott McGill, Ecotone, Inc., Forest Hill, Maryland
— Mike Adams, Stantec, Inc., Leesburg, VA
— Joe Arrowsmith, Straughan Environmental, Columbia, MD
— Jim Morris, JMT, Hunt Valley, MD

11:30 am  Closing Presentation

12:00 pm
Closing Remarks, $500 Cash Drawing (must be present to win)
– Michael “Squeak” Smith, Resource Institute

12:15 pm     Conference Adjourns