Developing Long-Term Viable Stream Restoration

Mark Briggs

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Over the past decade, Mark Briggs (Restoration Ecologist, Tucson, Arizona) and co-editor, W.R. Osterkamp (retired, USGS), along with 55 stream restoration experts from Australia, Mexico, and U.S., have collaborated on a stream restoration guidebook entitled Renewing Our Rivers: Stream Corridor Restoration in Dryland Regions. The guidebook highlights the main steps in developing a restoration response for damaged stream ecosystems that will have the most likelihood to be successful and viable in the long-term. As part of this live webinar, Mark will introduce us to the guidebook, authors, case studies and lessons gained from stream restoration experiences in Australia, Mexico, and U.S. The flow of the presentation will follow the guidebook’s chapters, which reflect the arc of developing a thoughtful and long-term viable stream restoration response and include such themes as: Developing realistic and thoughtful restoration goals and objectives Assessing the hydrologic and physical conditions of a drainage basin Adapting your stream restoration project to climate change Quantifying and securing environmental flow Implementing your restoration project Monitoring and evaluation Going long: considerations to ensure your stream corridor restoration effort continues to grow Speaker: Mark Briggs, M.S. is a stream restoration ecologist with over 25 years of experience restoring rivers across the western U.S. and northern Mexico, including the Rio Grande/Bravo, Rio Conchos, Colorado River and its delta, Santa Cruz River, Little Colorado River, Gila River. Main themes of his work include assessment of river biophysical conditions, on-the-ground rehabilitation, climate change, environmental flow, socioeconomic benefits of restoration, and monitoring. Briggs also conducts workshops on river restoration in both Mexico and the United States. Until recently (January 2019), he was a Senior Program Officer with the World Wildlife Fund’s Fresh Water and Rio Grande/Bravo Programs where he spent 12 years developing a bi-national response to bringing back the Rio Conchos and Rio Grande/Rio Bravo in west Texas, northern Chihuahua and Coahuila. He currently works on rivers in southern Arizona with RiversEdge West. His technical publications include a book on developing river restoration projects and numerous articles on restoration, monitoring, and natural resource research. He is co-editor on “Renewing Our Rivers: Stream Corridor Restoration in Dryland Regions,” which will be published by the University of Arizona Press in Fall of 2020. Briggs has been on the editorial board of the international journal Restoration Ecology for over a decade. Other than working on rivers, Briggs can often be found hiking, biking, floating rivers, restoring his house (a form of Covid therapy), and writing.

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