Wetland, Stream Bank, and Shoreline Restoration

Case Study

What is Your Creek's Score? Using a Rapid Assessment Method to Define the Heatlh of Riverine Systems

Monday, February 12
10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

PDH: 1

Location: 102C

Level of Presentation: Advanced

This course focuses on the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM), which is a standardized, cost-effective tool for assessing the health of wetlands and riparian habitats. Utilized statewide, CRAM has been peer-reviewed and is accepted by most regulatory agencies (it is the preferred rapid assessment of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and California Regional Water Quality Control Boards). CRAM Trained Practitioners can efficiently review four main attributes (landscape context and buffer, hydrology, physical structure, and biotic structure) for major wetland features. Once analyzed, a CRAM "score" is obtained, which is similar to a report card or index that is easier to understand and communicate wetland health. The value is in the score and how that score can be applied to everyday planning related to wetlands, such as mitigation negotiations, alternatives analyses and other areas that are generally subjective. This training introduces CRAM and highlights key components that can help your project. While training tips and information will be provided, additional training is required to become a formal CRAM Trained Practitioner.

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Target Audience: Academic,Consultant,Stream/Wetland

Richard Beck

Vice President
Michael Baker International

Richard Beck, CPESC, PWS, CEP, has extensive experience in the regulatory, environmental and ecosystem restoration disciplines. Mr. Beck leads Michael Baker’s West Region Ecosystem Services discipline, which provides professional restoration and regulatory services such as planning, implementation, maintenance and monitoring. Mr. Beck excels in the restoration of riparian ecosystems, both as standalone projects and mitigation for jurisdictional impacts. As a Statewide Instructor and Trained Practitioner of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM), Mr. Beck assesses the value of resources on project sites, which helps clients conduct cost/benefit analyses and develop win/win approaches.

Mr. Beck also successfully leads federal, state, local, and private-sector clients through the state and federal regulations such as the Clean Water Act. Mr. Beck, a Professional Wetland Scientist, has conducted hundreds of jurisdictional delineations from coastal areas to the mountains and in the deserts. Overall, Mr. Beck’s years of successful negotiations has led to trusted relationships with regulatory staff and local stakeholders at all levels.

As Past-President of the Society of Wetland Scientists -Western Chapter (CA, NV, AZ, HI), Mr. Beck actively educates members on wetland science and trends. Mr. Beck has served on the Chapter’s Executive/Special Topics Committee Member as well as the Editorial Board for the Society’s International Wetland Practice Magazine.

Sharing stories, giving back and helping mentor students is a passion. Mr. Beck serves as an advisor and guest presenter at various southern California colleges. Topics presented range from the importance of building stakeholder consensus to proactive adaptive maintenance and management to shoreline protection. In 2008, Mr. Beck co-authored Watershed Management: Integrating People, Land and Water, a resource manual to the watershed approach for various projects. Additional publications in Stormwater Solutions Magazine and restoration newsletters have focused on creative solutions to everyday challenges.


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