Working at American Rivers often means being an advocate for change. For many communities choosing to remove a dam and restore their local river can be a confusing endeavor. The idea of altering the only landscape many have ever known brings uncertainty and doubt. This is why part of my job is to be a peddler of inspiration.
A restored river glides over rock and cobble, creating a cascade of noise so many love. It flows lazily through the countryside and cities. At American Rivers, we not only create a number of tools to walk people through the technical aspects of restoring a river. We also showcase projects and success stories that paint a picture of what their restored river might be like.
We launched the newest of these tools, Restoring America’s Rivers: Preparing for the Future, last week. The DVD focuses on some of the realities of the world we are living in — extreme storms, aging infrastructure, climate change — and tells the inspiring story of three communities who surmounted these obstacles by working with nature, not against it.
You can watch the DVD online or request a copy for yourself here. Prepare to be inspired!