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Rivers Expressing Themselves
March 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm$10
Salida resident Michael Blazewicz of Round River Design gives a talk, “Expressing Themselves: Floods, the Evolving Art and Science of Stream Restoration, and Why Rivers Need Room to Misbehave.”
In 2013, the front range was hit with catastrophic floods that devastated communities, property and infrastructure. The event juxtaposed conventional attitudes of channel management with an evolving perspective and new scientific research on stream processes and functions.
Over the past century post-flood “restoration” and preventive “erosion control” and “floodplain mapping” activities have attempted to subdue natural stream processes and encouraged a false sense of security, inadvertently placing life and property at risk. Conversely, streams that “misbehave” are linked to increased health and function.
Michael will discuss lessons learned during his 20 years working in environmental design, including perspectives on why flood events can be good for rivers, why messy rivers are healthy rivers, and why rivers need room to express themselves.
Admission will be $5 for Conservancy members and $10 for non-members. Students admitted for free.