City Stream, Country Stream: Getting A Clearer Picture Of Stream Restorations
Speaker: Tom Jordan, principal investigator of SERC's Nutrient Cycles Lab
Left: Restored section of Muddy Creek, a stream at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Right: Stream restoration near Annapolis Harbour Center. (Credit: SERC)
Tom Jordan in the heavily eroded streambed of Muddy Creek, before its restoration. (Credit: SERC)
Stream restorations, especially in urban watersheds, are a popular strategy for reducing nutrient loads to Chesapeake Bay. However, the latest research suggests their effectiveness can vary. In this talk, SERC nutrient ecologist Tom Jordan will compare two stream restorations his lab has been tracking: an urban one and a rural one. He’ll reveal the different approaches each restoration took, and how each measured up in terms of improving water quality.
SERC's evening lectures take place in the Schmidt Conference Center every third Tuesday of the month at 7pm, January through October. They are free and open to all, though donations to the cookie tray are always appreciated. No advance registration needed.