River restoration funding in the stimulus bill.

River restoration funding in the stimulus bill.

From American Rivers on passage of the stimulus bill (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) in the House last week: H.R. 1 includes $2 billion for drinking water under the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and $6 billion for clean water under the Clean...

Steve the Fluvial Geomorphologist?

Steve the Fluvial Geomorphologist?

Not the same ring as Joe the Plumber, but Kate had a lot of fun playing it, and anyway I missed my chance to talk to Obama, who drew 100,000 in nearby St. Louis yesterday. I try to keep partisan politics off this blog, but we do talk about science here, and no matter...

A page out of the bible, law, worms, and a BMW.

A page out of the bible, law, worms, and a BMW.

I’m convinced that river management and restoration challenges caused by climate change are going to dominate our profession. Or drastically change public interest and investment in rivers when we have a midwestern Katrina-like disaster and vast parts of St....

Let’s dynamite the river straight to save lives.

Let’s dynamite the river straight to save lives.

From a 1935 American Forests magazine offering dynamite as a solution to those crooked, flood-prone streams. Here’s a PDF version of the ad. “Crooked streams are a menace to life and crops in the areas bordering their banks. The twisting and turning of the...

The state of river restoration.

The state of river restoration.

Elizabeth Suddith has the links–two Science pieces out last week that challenge the pseudoscience behind a lot of today’s commodified, commercial river restoration scene. These are good, but way late. The train left a long time ago, and millions of dollars...