Mark Beardsley presents Healthy Headwaters lecture May 2 in BV

Healthy Headwaters: The Importance of Small Streams and Wetlands

Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 7:00 pm | Buena Vista Community Center Presented by Mark Beardsley, M.S., Buena Vista, Colorado

When speaking of watershed health, our attention tends to focus on the bigger rivers like the Arkansas and South Platte. Though less conspicuous, small streams make up more than 90% of the river network and they support most of the wetland and riparian habitat in these basins. This talk explores the diversity of Central Colorado’s small mountain headwaters streams to discover how important they are to water supply, water quality, biodiversity, sustaining fish and wildlife, and providing watershed resilience to drought, flood, fire, and other disturbance. We will take a look at the health of our small streams and wetlands, how they’ve become impaired, and what we can do to protect and restore them.

Bio: Mark Beardsley moved to Buena Vista in 2014 after living in Fairplay for 18 years. He is an innovator in stream and wetland health assessment, rehabilitation, and restoration and has been working in the South Platte and Arkansas Headwaters since the early 1990s, where he specializes in small streams, wetlands and beavers. Mark has a diverse scientific background with experience in chemistry, ecology, hydrology and geomorphology. His favorite subject is environmental philosophy. He is the principal of EcoMetrics and founder of Riparian Reconnect. He also spent time as a teacher, climbing guide, ski patroller and avalanche forecaster.

Central Colorado Conservancy members $5 non-members $10 all students free

For Info Contact:

Andrew J. Mackie, Executive Director, Central Colorado Conservancy, 719-539-7700 office; 719-239-0281 cell

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