Stream restoration is a complicated and passionate debate for many and can even be quite polarizing. It is not a black and white subject and can contain a lot of grey depending on perspectives. For this reason, Montgomery County has created a webinar series to discuss the topic and various aspects of the County’s restoration program, the techniques used in practice, and future planning efforts.
The webinar series will kick off with an opportunity for residents to speak on stream restoration during a listening session on November 17, 2021 at 7pm moderated by Sadie Drescher, Chesapeake Bay Trust. The session will be recorded, and a summary will be provided to attendees.
The listening session will help shape the remainder of the webinar series (all sessions will be recorded and available to the public). The County values its residents and their experiences and wants to listen and learn from them. We hope you can join us throughout the webinar series so we can learn from each other and ensure Montgomery County has a clear blueprint for restoration success.
November 17, 2021, 7pm -8:30pm
Residents interested in speaking can sign up for a 5-minute time slot at: bit.ly/3p19vlA
The purpose of the listening session is to:
When registering for the listening session consider these 2 questions to help DEP build the remainder of the webinar series:
January 12, 2021, 7pm-8:30pm
The session will begin the dialog of topics raised from the listening session on Nov. 17th
Possible topics include:
February 16, 2022, 7pm-8:30pm
The session’s tentative agenda will continue the dialog of topics raised from the listening session on Nov. 17th and will provide the opportunity to further discuss other perspectives related to stream restoration.
Possible topics include:
March 9, 2022, 7pm-8:30pm
The session’s tentative agenda will:
Stream restoration is complex and as a growing and evolving method can be challenging for both practitioners and the public to understand and achieve success. Overall, stream restoration is performed to improve the environmental health of a river or stream within their present environmental context in support of biodiversity, recreation, flood management and/or landscape development. It’s a difficult balance, particularly in an urban setting, but it focuses on restoring function and value, generally found in stable, natural stream systems which protects aquatic life and the health of our aquatic systems.
Erosion is a natural process but as humans continue to change land use, watershed hydrology is altered. Streams are not static by nature and a “Do Nothing” strategy can result in irreversible and more costly impacts. Restoration practices have changed over time and a technique or method that works in one area may not work in another as research continues to better understand the environmental benefits, impacts and effectiveness of these techniques including floodplain reconnection, stream buffer reforestation and revegetation, which provide long-term protection.
While each project has specific goals, stream restoration is typically designed to:
It is also important to note that practitioners strive to improve and continue to learn from each project.