In praise of buttonbush for river restoration.

In praise of buttonbush for river restoration.

Imagine it’s March, late in the season for planting rooted seedling trees in the Midwest.  You see hundreds of  #2 pencil-sized twigs, each with a few pitiful roots on one end, laying in the sun on a stream restoration site in suburban St. Louis. ...

Missouri’s Current River.

Missouri’s Current River.

I’m always surprised how few geomorph types know the Current River in the Missouri Ozarks. Kate and I are finishing a short working trip there. This photo shows me with a project I designed in 1994 at Big Spring. This National Park Service site has a rich...

Huge floodplain restoration project in northern Louisiana

Huge floodplain restoration project in northern Louisiana

The New York Times ran a nice article this week on a groundbreaking floodplain restoration project in northern Lousiana. The US Fish and Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy are restoring a 25 square mile patch of floodplain along the Ouachita River. The area was...

Saving trees in an incised urban stream.

Saving trees in an incised urban stream.

Cara and I spent a couple of days doing a geomorphic analysis of an urban stream in O’Fallon, Missouri (just west of St. Louis) last week. This one is deeply incised into a Missouri River Pleistocene terrace and is threatening some houses. But is has one thing...

A nice summary of pseudoscientific thinking.

A nice summary of pseudoscientific thinking.

A very well done video essay on the nature of scientific inquiry, open-mindedness, beliefs, and pseudoscience. A lot of stream restoration is based on poorly-examined premise. Those assumptions often masquerade as science when public money is used. These assumptions...