April 17, 2014

The Los Angeles River: Geography, vistas and restoration

Part 3. Restoration projects, organizations and impressions This is Part 3 of a three part blog series on the Los Angeles River, based on a reconnaissance of the Los Angeles River conducted by Bill Dennison and Simon Costanzo from IAN, organized by the Council for Watershed Health on 1-2 April 2014. This blog focuses on […]

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April 15, 2014

The Los Angeles River: Geography, vistas and restoration

Part 2. Viewing river features from different vantage points This is Part 2 of a three part blog series on the Los Angeles River, based on a reconnaissance of the Los Angeles River conducted by Bill Dennison and Simon Costanzo from IAN, organized by the Council for Watershed Health on 1-2 April 2014. This blog […]

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April 10, 2014

The Los Angeles River: Geography, vistas and restoration

Part 1. Geography, hydrology (and floods), and water cycle This is Part 1 of a three part blog series on the Los Angeles River, based on a reconnaissance of the Los Angeles River conducted by Bill Dennison and Simon Costanzo from IAN, organized by the Council for Watershed Health on 1-2 April 2014. This blog […]

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April 8, 2014

Developing a Mississippi River report card: Lower Mississippi workshop in Memphis

Once again, a contingent from IAN (Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Wicks, Brianne Walsh and me) gathered along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River to meet with a diverse stakeholder group to discuss the issues associated with the Mississippi River. In this case, we learned about the issues associated with the lower Mississippi River, […]

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April 3, 2014

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society conference in Ocean City, Maryland

On March 28-29, 150 scientists gathered in Ocean City for a day and a half of talks, posters, eating and drinking, ice skating and swimming (indoors). The Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) is the original group of estuarine scientists, formed in 1949, which has been replicated first nationally and increasingly globally which has evolved into […]

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April 1, 2014

The Ohio River’s Split Personality

Report card goals relate to benefits provided by coexisting natural ecosystems and human-built infrastructure. The problem is that the Ohio River is a working river. That thought occurred to me as I watched the barges glide past the window during the Ohio River report card workshop last December. A team of IAN science communicators spent […]

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March 27, 2014

Long Island Sound ‘listening tour’ to initiate environmental report cards: Part 2

Following our Connecticut stops, we took the Cross Sound Ferry from New London, CT over to the tip of the north fork of Long Island at Orient Point. From the ferry we could see some important features of Long Island Sound. First, as we sailed out of the Thames River, we could see the rocky […]

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March 25, 2014

Long Island Sound ‘listening tour’ to initiate environmental report cards: Part 1

Bill Nuttle, Caroline Wicks, Anthony Kung and I circumnavigated Long Island Sound, crossing it at both ends (over the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge on the western end and aboard the Cross Sound Ferry on the eastern end), and drove through most of the Connecticut coast and the length of Long Island. We visited five […]

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March 20, 2014

Seagrasses and a little girl lost their greatest champion: Evamaria Koch (1961-2014)

Evamaria Koch died last week from lung cancer. Lung cancer in non-smokers is particularly aggressive and Eva was not diagnosed until the disease had taken hold. She was very guarded about her condition, so most of her friends and colleagues were shocked to learn of her death. Eva was born to German parents in Brazil […]

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March 18, 2014

A visit to New York Harbor School on Governors Island

A team from the Integration and Application Network stopped off at New York Harbor School for a visit and quick tour. Getting there was part of the fun, as we drove right by the newly completed One World Trade Center, towering over lower Manhattan. We parked down near the Battery and boarded a ferry that […]

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