Data Set Citation:
When using this data, please cite the data package:
Palmer M , Bernhardt E , Allan J , National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis , and NCEAS 4700: Palmer: StreamRestoration.
The National River Restoration Science Synthesis database at NBII
bowdish.143.5 (https://knb.ecoinformatics.org:443/knb/metacat/bowdish.143.5/nceas)
General Information:
Title:The National River Restoration Science Synthesis database at NBII
Identifier:bowdish.143
Abstract:
The NRRSS (National River Restoration Science Systhensis) Summary Database is a representative database of stream restoration projects throughout the country, with focus on seven geographic regions--California, Chesapeake Bay, Central US, Pacific Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and Upper Midwest. These data were collected from a variety of electronic, paper, and human sources from 2002 to 2004. Information from this database has been summarized in Bernhardt et al 2005 (link) as well as published and forthcoming regional summaries. As of December 15, 2005, the information in this database is now freely searchable, downloadable, and usable by members of the public.
Keywords:
  • Rivers/Stream Habitat
  • Restoration
  • River restoration
  • Stream
  • Riparian Wetlands
Data Table, Image, and Other Data Details:
Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File
Data Table:Science Supporting Online Material Synthesizing U.S. River Restoration Efforts ( View Metadata | Download File download)
Data Table:NRRSS Database MS Access 2000 ( View Metadata | Download File download)

Involved Parties

Data Set Creators:
Individual: Margaret A. Palmer
Organization:Departments of Biology and Entomology, University of Maryland
Phone:
410 326-7241 (voice)
Email Address:
palmer@cbl.umces.edu
Individual: Emily Bernhardt
Organization:Duke University
Email Address:
emily.bernhardt@duke.edu
Individual: J. David Allan
Organization:University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Position:Professor School of Natural Resources &Environment University of Michigan
Phone:
734.764.6553 (voice)
Phone:
734.936.2195 (fax)
Email Address:
dallan@umich.edu
Organization:National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Organization:NCEAS 4700: Palmer: StreamRestoration
Data Set Contacts:
Individual: Emily Bernhardt
Organization:Duke University
Email Address:
emily.bernhardt@duke.edu
Individual: Margaret A. Palmer
Organization:Departments of Biology and Entomology, University of Maryland
Phone:
410 326-7241 (voice)
Email Address:
palmer@cbl.umces.edu

Data Set Characteristics

Geographic Region:
Geographic Description:The focus is on seven geographic regions--California, Chesapeake Bay, Central US, Pacific Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and Upper Midwest
Bounding Coordinates:
West:  -126.0  degrees
East:  -72.875  degrees
North:  51.125  degrees
South:  24.25  degrees
Time Period:
Begin:
2002-01-01
End:
2004-07-22

Sampling, Processing and Quality Control Methods

Step by Step Procedures
Step 1:  
Description:

Notes on NRRSS Methodology

We began by compiling data on restoration projects from 18 national coverage databases maintained by federal agencies (b), but found that the majority of projects are recorded only at the regional or local level. A large number of municipal, state and regional databases are being developed, but we found few extensive databases (b) of river restoration [average no. of project records per data source was 51 ± 26 (95%CI)] (this does not include personal contacts which on average yielded information on six projects). Our working group, with the extensive collaboration of data providers, restoration scientists, managers and practitioners within each of our nodes, has designed and implemented a database to begin addressing this need. The NRRSS metadata and database structure provides a common format to reduce duplication of effort in planned project tracking efforts and is freely available to all interested parties. The NRRSS Summary Database is a mySQL relational database developed on a LINUX platform (g). Only open source software was used for the database. The database schema, structure and metadata are available on line (at http://nrrss.nbii.gov) and the raw summary data is avaialble online

Instrument(s): Metadata were developed for all database fields to ensure consistency, repeatability, and utility of the data. Calibration of data entry for the database was done initially by the entire working group. All members received the same ten example project files which they entered into the database following the metadata. After this round, the group met to discuss differences in the entries and to modify the metadata to eliminate confusion. All persons responsible for data entry completed three additional rounds of calibration with 10 different projects in each round in which the only field completed was the categorization of stated project goals, objectives, or purposes into the intent categories, the only subjective field in this database.
Step 2:  
Description:

Synthesizing U.S. River Resotoration Efforts

This is a PDF document that descibes the Methodology for the NRRSS Database. Science Supporting Online Material

Bernhardt et al

Contents

(a) Notes on NRRSS Methodology

(b) List of National Coverage Databases

(c) Metadata for Classification of Project Goals/Intents

(d) Fig. S1. The number of river restoration projects recorded in NRRSS and citations related to

stream restoration.

(e) Cost Estimates

(f) Note on Large Restoration Project Cost

(g) Full Description of NRRSS Database Software

(h) Table S1. Regional differences in stream restoration efforts.

Data Set Usage Rights

The information in this database is now freely searchable, downloadable, and usable by members of the public.
Access Control:
Auth System:knb
Order:denyFirst
Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File