Applications of the High Definition Stream Survey, more data, better quality, lower cost

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 PM Central

Education Track:Wetland, Streambank & Shoreline Restoration
Audience Level: All
Price: $50 Members/ $65 Non-Members
Credit: 1 Professional Development Hour

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The High Definition Stream Survey (HDSS) approach was created to rapidly gather continuous geo-referenced data in a single pass for a broad range of stream and streambank conditions by integrating GPS, video, depth, water quality and other sensors. Results from HDSS data can be used to prioritize and locate areas of high erosion, determine the extent and distribution of instream habitat, locate areas that contribute to poor stream conditions, define the geomorphic condition for the stream, document restoration results and provide a powerful “virtual tour” experience. Trutta Environmental Solutions recently surveyed over 120 miles of the Duck River, TN in only eight days which also included over 100 cross sections to prove in depth bathymetric measurements for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To introduce the High Definition Stream Survey methods to a general audience
  2. To explain the benefits of using multiple sensor technologies in sync with GPS
  3. To show the advantages of using state of the art methods when compared to traditional sampling methods.

Presented by Brett Connell 

Mr. Connell is a developer of the HD Stream Survey and actively works with clients to bring additional components to the system in support of their project needs. He is a specialist in engineering innovative technologies that help solve difficult water resource management problems. Mr. Connell earned his M.S. in Biosystems Engineering Technology from the University of Tennessee, a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Toledo, and an Associates Degree in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture from Hocking College. He has 16 years experience in water resources, stream ecology, and fisheries biology with project experience in 12 states.

James Parham, PhD

​ Dr. Parham is an expert developer of Geographic Information System (GIS) models that integrate essential components of hydrology, geomorphology, and fish ecology to enable improved use of freshwaters while protecting the natural environment. He has 30 years of experience in the water management profession with a focus on instream flow, hydropower, habitat availability, and fish passage studies. Dr. Parham also serves as a research hydrologist and aquatic biologist with Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI and as associate research fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Parham is a Certified Fisheries Professional and is a past President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Overall, Dr. Parham designs and delivers coherent projects using the latest technologies to provide solutions to difficult resource management conflicts. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, an M.S. from the University of Guam and a B.S. from Virginia Tech.

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