Stepping into the stream
Geologist Kristen Reynolds gets into Nine Mile Run to gather data on the depth, width and gravel size.
Caring for streams
These tools are essentially doctor's tools for measuring the characteristics of a stream to help diagnose its condition.
Of all sizes
Rocks and sediment tell us about flow of water through stream beds.
Nine Mile Run had every kind of debris in its banks, from CDs and plastic bags to this ironic toy ambulance.
The deepest pool of Nine Mile Run where a concrete channel ends in a manmade system of flows through Frick Park.
CLIENT: Stream Stories
Collaborative research across ecology, watershed science, art and informal learning settings
Research poster design
Web presence and design
Youth and adult programming
White paper writing
Press release and media outreach
Social media strategy
Infographic: research diagram, rich picture
The western PA region is a wealth of water systems, both natural and manmade. As recently as this year, an EPA report came out that served "to summarize the current understanding about the connectivity and mechanisms by which streams and wetlands affect the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of downstream waters." In short, what we do upstream comes back to our neighbors, both human and otherwise, downstream. We can start to improve our nation's waters and move protective policies forward through informative and attractive informal learning peices using truthful yet beautiful images and clear writing. These can be shared with effectivly shared through the right channels .
I was assigned to work on several watersheds in Pittsburgh, most notably Negly Run (almost entirely concreted over) and Nine Mile Run, the largest stream restoration project in the US. Collaboration with two research scientists produced the following work shown here.