Guiding Landowners in Stream Restoration

Guiding Landowners in Stream Restoration (INT)
Rob Myllyoja, Consultant

It is important to consider the subwatershed scale when restoring headwater streams. Since most of Michigan's riparian land is privately owned, this effort can involve collaborating with multiple partners. Stream restoration master planning is a tool that can be used to communicate among multiple stakeholders in an effort to address the underlying causes of stream instability and loss of ecological resilience. Such a master plan can be used to seek stakeholder acceptance, grant funding and long-term management support. Local case studies will be used to illustrate watershed analysis, passive vs. active restoration, when to seek professional assistance and the latest stream restoration practices.

Rob Myllyoja, Consultant
Rob has 18 years of stream restoration and environmental consulting experience. He has completed numerous stream stability assessments in Michigan following extensive training by Dave Rosgen of Wildland Hydrology. Rob's experience includes watershed analysis, water quality modeling, erosion and sediment control design, and stream channel restoration design. He became a certified environmental engineering technologist in 2001 and has a BS in environmental science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.