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Theme: Making urban stream rehabilitation a co-evolutionary process

The fourth Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology (SUSE4) was held in Browns Summit, NC from May 31 – June 3, 2017, just prior to the 2017 Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) annual meeting in Raleigh, NC. Once again, the meeting was a success.

The central theme of the 4th symposium was identifying and overcoming common barriers to catchment scale urban stream management and rehabilitation. We focused on creating a framework to support productive conversations among academics and professionals from the fields of stream ecology, engineering, management, planning, and the social sciences. The format of the symposium emphasized interactive discussions among participants from these fields, but it also include poster and oral presentations. For much of the meeting, attendees were organized into tracks to discuss specific challenges and opportunities related to urban stream restoration. The track breakout sessions were facilitated by 2 leaders, and generally include 8-12 people. Track descriptions can be found HERE. The ultimate goal of the symposium was to encourage an ongoing transdisciplinary and co-evolutionary approach to urban stream management and rehabilitation. You can download the program HERE and the abstracts for contributed talks and posters HERE.

Organizing committee:

  • Bob Smith (SUSE4 Chair), Lycoming College Clean Water Institute, USA
  • Joanna Blaszczak, Duke University, USA
  • Brian Bledsoe, College of Engineering, University of Georgia, USA
  • Thomas Parr, University of Oklahoma, USA
  • Mike Paul, Center for Ecological Sciences, Tetra Tech, USA
  • Allison Roy, U.S. Geological Survey Massachusetts Cooperative Fish And Wildlife Research Unit, Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA
  • Mateo Scoggins, City of Austin, USA
  • Ryan Utz, Chatham University, USA
  • Seth Wenger, River Basin Center, University of Georgia, USA


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