Tom Schueler directs the Center's watershed research and practice programs, and has a keen interest in the science and management of urban streams and lakes. He has worked for more than twenty years on developing innovative techniques to protect and restore urban streams and lakes. Mr. Schueler has authored several widely used references, including The Small Watershed Restoration Manual Series, The Practice of Watershed Protection, Rapid Watershed Planning Handbook, and the Impacts of Impervious Cover on Aquatic Systems. He is working on a wide range of research projects and watershed applications to improve the tools used for watershed protection and restoration. Prior to founding the Center, Mr. Schueler worked for ten years at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, where he led the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Team—one of first efforts to comprehensively restore an urban watershed.