Developing a Multi-use Restoration Plan for Midwest Streams

Presenters: Michael J. Heller, CPESC & Doug Sheeley

This presentation will focus on the fundamental assessments and approach utilized to develop a multi-use restoration plan for a Midwest stream. Participants will learn the methods used to complete the assessment and the screening tools utilized to determine the best management practices implemented within the design.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Learn the aspects of what field data is collected to assist with the natural channel design process.
  • Learn how to utilize the data from the stream assessment to make informed design decisions.
  • Determine which best management practices can be utilized to minimize impacts to a high quality aquatic ecosystem.

Presented by Michael J. Heller, CPESC – Senior Environmental Scientist, JEO Consulting Group, Inc & Doug Sheeley & Dan Strauss, CESSWI – Director of Projects, Syman, LLC

Michael Heller is a Senior Environmental Scientist with JEO Consulting Group, Inc., an engineering, architecture, planning, and surveying firm. JEO has 13 offices located throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas, with Mike based out of their Omaha, Nebraska office. Michael has been working in the Midwest with natural resources since 1992 and specializes as a wetland ecologist and as a stormwater manager. His experience includes MS4 permit administration and compliance. His work as a project manager has included projects for green infrastructure and low-impact development, implementing public education and outreach programs, preparing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, and inspecting construction sites and municipal facilities for stormwater permit compliance as well as designing wetland and stream mitigation, restoration, and mitigation banking.