Learn about our presenters at this year’s Mid Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference

October 7, 2019

Stantec’s team of environmental experts will participate in 5 panels at the Mid Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference November 18 - 20, 2019


We offer a one-stop shop for ecosystems services to address client regulatory and business needs from more than 260 offices across North America. Join us on Tuesday and Wednesday of the conference to hear from our team as they discuss the following topics. For more information on the presenters, see their bios below. 


B session: Advances In Hydraulic Modeling; Climate Change; and Post-Disaster Restoration
8:50 am – Using 3D Laser Scanning to Measure Bank Erosion – A Pilot Study 
Jillian Cole, Stantec, Townson, MD

C session: Construction process & Methodology
10:50 am – Constructing Stream Restoration Projects off 60% Plans – Meeting Project Objectives and Regulatory Requirements while Maintaining Flexibility 
Mike Adams, Stantec, Fairfax, VA; Tom Dombrowski, Prince William County, Woodbridge, VA

D session: Watershed scale planning & Restoration; Wetland Stream & FLOODPLAIN connection
9:30 am – Prioritization of Stream Restoration Reaches as Part of a Watershed Assessment  
Brett Schrey, Stantec, Laurel, MD

10:50 am – Improving Hyporheic Flow in Restoration Design  
Grant Ginn, PE, Stantec, Asheville, NC

G Session: Innovative Restoration & Adaptions;Functional Stream Assessment & Design methodologies;and adaptive management

2:10 pm - Streambed Mixes - building a Better Matrix
Elizabeth Kanner, PE, Stantec, Laurel, MD


Closing Plenary Session
8:30 am – New Directions for Crediting Pollutant Removal for Stream Restoration Projects in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 
Tim Schueler, Hazen; Scott Lowe; McCormick Taylor; Josh Running, Stantec; Lisa Fraley McNeal, Center for Watershed Protection; David Wood, CSN



Elizabeth Kanner, PE
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Baltimore, Maryland

Elizabeth Kanner has over 18 years of technical experience as a Water Resources Engineer, working for City, Federal, State and County governments. Her experience includes: NPDES MS4/TMDL management and compliance; ecological restoration; roadway and site drainage.  She has performed the hydrologic and hydraulic computations necessary for obtaining permits, including those for Stormwater Management (SWM), Erosion & Sediment (E&S) Control and wetland and waterway construction. Elizabeth has performed several NPDES BMP site searches and is experienced in the design of stream relocations using natural channel design, drainage ditches and linings, storm drain systems, culverts and energy-dissipating devices. She has extensive experience in the design of decentralized and non-point SWM including the design of small Bioretention facilities and other Low-Impact Development (LID) techniques. She is trained and experienced in Rosgen applied fluvial geomorphology and has attended various training sessions on Stormwater Best Management Practices and LID techniques. In addition, she has inspection experience in the construction of SWM facilities in several Maryland counties. Elizabeth has been involved in the design and permitting of over 13 miles of stream restoration.
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Rich Pfingsten, PWS, ENV-SP
Principal, Senior Restoration Ecologist
Laurel, Maryland

Rich Pfingsten is a Project/Client Manager, Sr. Staff Supervisor, and Quality Control Specialist with a strong background as a Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist and focused expertise in the science of ecological restoration. He has over 33 years of experience providing technical and managerial expertise to both public and private sector clients on a wide range of natural and water resource assessment, planning, design, construction, and monitoring projects.  His particular areas of expertise include: stream assessment/classification, and stream restoration; wetland delineation and functional assessment; wetland mitigation/restoration; coastal habitat restoration design; aquatic/terrestrial ecology and habitat assessment; design alternatives development and cost/benefit analyses; impact avoidance, minimization and mitigation reporting (AMMR); Federal/State wetland and waterways permitting and agency coordination; preparation of detailed scientific studies and reports; watershed restoration/mitigation project site searches; water quality (chemical, biological, physical) monitoring; National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit & Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program compliance support; preparation of watershed and ecosystem restoration designs from concept plans to final bid documents (plans, specifications and estimates); and oversight of design/build restoration projects.

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Grant Ginn, PE
Principal, Senior River Restoration Engineer
Asheville, North Carolina

Grant has more than 30 years of experience in the hydrologic and hydraulic design of streams, wetlands, bridges and other transportation and industrial facilities. Over the course of his career, Grant has designed and overseen the implementation of more than 230,000 feet of stream restoration and over 1,900 acres of wetland restoration. Grant’s project experience has included civil projects, bridge replacements, wetland design, scour evaluation studies, stream restoration design, urban and rural roadways, stormwater management plans, and site drainage projects. On these projects, Grant has provided natural channel design, hydraulic analysis, sediment transport analysis, stream classification, erosion control design, bridge and culvert design, detention basin design, BMP design, and flood analysis. Additionally, he provides oversight for preparation of construction documents and construction management.
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Mike Adams, PE
Fairfax, Virginia

Mr. Adams is a Civil Engineer experienced in stream restoration, natural channel design, process-based river design, water resources, and fluvial geomorphology. Mr. Adams’ responsibilities include technical advisory, project management, design, design review, project scoping, geomorphic assessments, stream and watershed studies, development of restoration alternatives, and construction plan development. He has been involved in all phases of a stream restoration design project including field data collection, design calculations, development of plans and specifications, permitting, construction oversight and monitoring. Mr. Adams is a registered Professional Engineer and works on projects ranging from headwater channel restoration to large-scale dam removals across the United States. Mike frequently presents at stream restoration conferences.
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Josh Running
Senior Environmental Planner
Williamsburg, Virginia

Josh Running is Stantec's National Technical Lead for Ecosystems Restoration. Along with his 20 years of experience, including 11 as a project manager, he leads a team of restoration professionals through a multitude of environmental improvement projects. His responsibilities include: the design & development of various environmental plans & evaluations including stream & river restoration, sediment & erosional estimate mapping, resource protection area determinations USM, biological habitat assessments, mitigation monitoring & reporting, as well as hydrology, water quality & nutrient loading assessments (surface water/MS4). He assists with the installation of many different types of field monitoring devices that include cellular telemetry water quality units & continuous data loggers.
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Jillian Cole, PE
Water Resources Engineering Specialist
Albany, New York

Ms. Jillian Cole is a project engineer with experience working on a wide variety of water resources projects, including stream restoration design, geomorphic and watershed assessments, data analysis, and hydraulic modeling. She is a proficient user in AutoCAD Civil 3D, RIVERMorph and HEC-RAS. Jillian’s project history includes support of assessment and design for large geomorphological projects in New York State and in the western US for habitat and stream stability.
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