Michael Blazewicz presents first in Conservancy's 2019 lecture series March 12

**Michael Blazewicz presents Rivers Expressing Themselves: Floods, the Evolving Art and Science of Stream Restoration, and Why Rivers Need Room to Misbehave: **

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Salida Scout Hut, Riverside Park

In 2013, catastrophic floods hit Colorado’s Front Range, devastating communities, property and infrastructure. The event juxtaposed conventional attitudes on stream management with evolving perspectives, new research and embracing the concept of an active river corridor.

In the first of three presentations in Central Colorado Conservancy’s 2019 Conservation Lecture Series, Michael Blazewicz of Round River Design will share two decades of lessons learned on why flood events can be good for rivers, why “messy” rivers are healthy rivers, and why rivers need room to express themselves.

Over the past century, post-flood “restoration,” preventive “erosion control” and “floodplain mapping” activities have attempted to subdue natural stream processes and have encouraged a false sense of security. Conversely, streams that “misbehave” are linked to increased stream health.

In response to repetitive flood damage, a framework for mapping hazards associated with river channel movement is being developed for the State of Colorado. Embracing the concept of an active river corridor provides the opportunity to reduce human investment in high-risk areas while protecting and allowing for the regeneration of critical riparian forests and floodplain wetlands.

Blazewicz has worked throughout Colorado to restore degraded river systems. He has been the lead field investigator and author of numerous river corridor management plans. Since the 2013 event in Colorado, he has worked on recovery efforts to assess, design, permit, construct and monitor restoration as a core member of the state’s Technical Assistance Team. He recently co-authored a protocol for communities to map river erosion hazards.

Tickets: $5 Central Colorado Conservancy Members; $10 Non-members; All students free. Tickets Available at the Door or Central Colorado Conservancy Office, 128 East First Street (upstairs), Salida, CO 81201 [email protected] www.centralcoloradoconservancy.org

Contact: Andrew Mackie Executive Director Central Colorado Conservancy 719-539-7700 (office), 719-239-0281 (cell) [email protected]

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