Integrating Beaver Dam Analogues (BDAs) in Stream Restoration Projects

Steven Church, MSCEE, Stream Restoration Project Manager, KCI Technologies, Inc.

The science that supports constructed stream and floodplain environments to stimulate North American beaver colonization, and the effective implementation of that science, continues to evolve. KCI Technologies has been actively monitoring the scientific and engineering trends published by academic and public sector communities. This presentation will summarize KCI’s understanding of integrating beaver dam analogues (BDAs) into stream restoration projects where satisfying the stream restoration goals doesn’t preclude BDA installations to promote successful beaver colonization.

Author Bio

Mr. Church is a stream restoration Project Engineer and Project Manager with over 14 years of experience completing watershed and stream assessments, geomorphic analyses, ecological assessments, channel and floodplain restoration designs, and project management. He has additional experience completing hydraulic and hydrologic analyses, sediment transport calculations, streambed and streambank stability analyses, structures design, aquatic organism passage design, construction oversight, post-construction monitoring, contract management and budget tracking.