BOOK: For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey

A new book from Oregon State University Press looks to be the perfect read for folks who love rivers:

Kurt D. Fausch, For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 2015), 288 pp.

Publisher’s description In For the Love of Rivers, stream ecologist Kurt Fausch draws readers across the reflective surface of streams to view and ponder what is beneath, and how they work. While celebrating their beauty and mystery, he uses his many years of experience as a field biologist to explain the underlying science connecting these aquatic ecosystems to their streamside forests and the organisms found there—including humans. An authoritative and accessible look at the science of rivers and streams, For the Love of Rivers also ponders the larger questions of why rivers are important to humans, why it is in our nature to want to be near them, and what we can do now to ensure their future.

I particularly enjoyed this passage, from page 193:

These neighborhood streams can also contribute in essential ways to normal healthy development of our children. Who has not seen kids make small dams of rocks in their local creek, just to play and experience the water rushing over them?… Small streams are the closest aquatic environment where children can experience… life-enhancing benefits, be drawn to their sights and sounds, and wonder at the rich ecological connections and complex biodiversity of these accessible ecosystems. Most of us are not privileged to live on the shores of an ocean or a lake. But small streams or rivers are within walking distance of nearly every child, and if restores, their beauty and complexity ca rival that of any coral reed or tropical rainforest, right in our own backyards.

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