Invited Speakers

We're excited to welcome our keynote speakers for the 2019 Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium! We will continue to update this page as invitations are accepted.

paul powers uSFSPaul Powers began working on stream/watershed rehabilitation projects in 1995 on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington State.  He has worked as a watershed restoration specialist in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years designing, implementing and monitoring projects across the region. He is a member of the Forest Service’s Region 6 Restoration Assistance Team as well as a cadre member responsible for leading the Forest Service’s NR20 Stream and Watershed Restoration, Design and Implementation Workshop.  



hawley photoRobert J. Hawley is a licensed Professional Engineer in four states and the Principal Scientist at Sustainable Streams in Louisville, KY, a company dedicated to stream and watershed science, service, and solutions. Dr.Hawley uses both his professional and research projects to advance the state of the stream industry by making stream restoration and stormwater management more ecologically and socioeconomically sustainable.  His presentation on sustainability in stream restoration will draw from ~90 miles of stream restoration experience and hundreds more miles of stream assessments and watershed-scale stormwater management projects across diverse hydrogeomorphic, ecologic, and socioeconomic settings.  The associated open-access paper was recently featured on the cover of BioScience and can be freely downloaded from Oxford University Press:

chris haring imageChristopher Haring is a professional geologist with over twenty-four years of experience in hydrology/hydraulics, river engineering and fluvial geomorphology with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and private consulting. His work experiences include the design, review, and construction of streambank stabilization measures, including bio-engineering, re-directive and bank line protection, streambed-grade control structures, channel and floodplain restoration projects, and watershed assessments. Mr. Haring also works closely with the ERDC's Environmental Lab conducting geomorphic and river engineering research on streambank stabilization measures and the development of an urban stream restoration manual. He has completed over 400 restoration projects using various practices and reviewed designs for the State of Illinois on another 600 plus projects since 1994.

sara strassmanSara Strassman is a Mississippi River Planner for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She has worked for the DNR for 5 years and is primarily responsible for dredge material management, recreation planning and interagency coordination between the 5 Upper Mississippi River states, US Fish & Wildlife Service and US Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to working for WI DNR, Sara managed river restoration projects and worked on floodplain policy for American Rivers in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. She was project manager for over 60 dam removal projects and retains a strong affinity for restoring natural capacity in rivers and streams. When not at work, she is busy raising two future scientists, running, skiing, gardening and beekeeping. She volunteers for her neighborhood garden and serves on the Floodplain Advisory Committee for the City of La Crosse.