Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nature Does Not Negotiate: Thoughts on Climate Change after COP18

Christina at GSA 2012
Editor’s note: This post was written by LRRD Research Assistant and Project Manager Christina Bovinette.  Christina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from SIUC in 2012, and plans to attend graduate school in the fall of 2013 to study environmental philosophy. She has worked at Little River since 2010 as our assistant, but more recently, as a conference organizer and international shipping coordinator.

Typhoon Bopha devastated the Philippines last week, killing at least 500 people and displacing thousands.

New Bataan, a farming town facing tens of deaths and missing persons, was constructed in an area government geological hazard maps classify as “highly susceptible to flooding and landslides,” according to this article from The Guardian.  

“The bureau of mines and geosciences had issued warnings before the typhoon to people living in flood-prone areas, but in Compostela Valley [the province of which New Bataan belongs], nearly every area is flood-prone,” the article continues.  

Poverty is widespread in the Philippines, and folks are willing to risk living in dangerous areas for the sake of opportunity. For the sake of feeding their families.

Climate change is expected to lead to an upsurge in intensity and frequency of storms like Bopha. The lead climate negotiator from the Philippines, Naderev Sano, said just minutes after the news of the typhoon broke, “it is sobering for us to know that a typhoon like this normally doesn’t hit that part of the country. In half a century, this is the first time that a typhoon that has crossed as far south as Bopha has.”

At the 18th UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) in Doha, Qatar, which ended last Friday, UN envoys at COP18 were to be working to produce a deal for a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), but the two-week-long summit has made no significant progress on any single issue.

In the wake of Bopha, Yeb Saño, a member of the Philippines Climate Change Commission, said at COP18 Doha, “Please ... let 2012 be remembered as the year the world found the courage to ... take responsibility for the future we want. I ask of all of us here, if not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?"  

The United States is under intense criticism at the summit from environmentalists and smaller nations who say President Obama has failed to meet his stated commitments to tackle global warming. Just weeks ago in his post-election speech, President Obama acknowledged “the destructive powers of a warming planet,” and throughout his campaign has suggested priority for addressing climate change. But despite high hopes across the world and here at LRRD (see Steve’s “plea for Obama’s re-election”), it appears that Obama’s politics regarding resource use, science and climate change became politically irrelevant after the election and Superstorm Sandy.

Our high hopes after Obama’s post-election speech are nearly completely shattered at the Doha summit for climate change, where US delegates’ negotiations are deadlocked with those of developing nations. To developing nations’ requests of technological and financial support, representatives of the US and other “first-world” nations reply virtually nothing.

I can’t form absolute character judgments about the President or our envoys in Doha. Perhaps, like the rest of us, they simply need a little push toward putting their policy where their mouth is.

Commissioner Saño’s plea in light of the devastating typhoon in the Philippines was echoed by protestors at COP18 Doha, and ought to be echoed by all of civil society. If not us, then who? If we’re not addressing climate change now, then when will we? We have been negotiating all of my life. We’ve missed targets, broken promises, and heard all this before. But nature does not negotiate. Nature is not going to wait on us. The time for climate change mitigation is now.

Hear Commissioner Saño’s emotional COP18 speech (also embedded above) here.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

AGU 2012. Day Four. Good things!

Didn't catch a single talk today, we were so busy; even missed an astronaut speaking at the NASA booth just meters away, something twelve-year-old Steve would be very upset about.

Today was full of magical collisions, all exciting and positive.

Meriam met with a couple of big French research institutions.  We will send a lot of models to France next year.

I'm able to say "Je suis desolee mais je ne parle pas française très bien," and get a laugh and some respect, but French is Meriam's first language.

We anticipate shipping to Norway, Belgium, Italy, and Germany.  The UK dial is past eleven already.  We talked to the Franklin Institute and The Smithsonian.  To dozens of faculty who want to use our models.

We met excited, funded,  likely collaborators who'll move us down our long, hard road to developing curriculum.  These scientist/educators were as excited as I am about our models and I wanted to hug these new friends as they left.  They're doing basic STEM education and see how well our Em2 models fill that role. 

I gave up on trying to get NSF to see this, but we knew it would happen; now, finally, progress.

On a visitor's name tag I saw "University of Missouri," and casually said "I did my Master's there,"  figuring he'd be another atmospheric chemist with only a passing interest. 

Turns out he holds the position of my beloved (long retired) MS advisor in Forest Hydrology there; we talked for nearly and hour, and our models are just what he needs.

With a half-day to go, this meeting has been absolutely wonderful for us.  Thanks to Alee, Christina, Jim, Nathan, and John Micheal, co-workers who took care of the complex logistics for AGU.  And to Meriam and Lily, the most awesome booth-mates ever. 

Speaking Chinese and Italian, French, Arabic.  And better English than me. 

Better English than I, than mine?  Je suis desolee.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

AGU 2012 Day Three.

We're having a fantastic time exhibiting at AGU 2012 in San Francisco.

 These meetings are huge challenge for us. There are factors beyond our control, and so much money at stake for our small organization.

Last year our shipment was lost, then found 30 minutes before exhibit opening, this year it was on time, but seriously damaged, despite our careful and expensive packaging.

We applied tools, glue, and know-how to fix things.

We've had hundreds of visitors from all over the globe. Today Lily and Meriam gave their Chinese, Italian, and French language skills a workout! We had dozens of European visitors interested in our models. Outside of the EU, just from memory, Nepal, Taiwan, South Korea (several scientists), New Zealand, the UK, and Japan.

I'm happy to meet so many brilliant scientists and students, and to work with colleagues who can speak both the language of science and several others besides my English.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Our Lily in the UK

Our Lily exhibits an Emriver at the Towards a Living North
Sea conference in Gateshead, UK.  Photo by Dr. Herman Wanningen.
Little River Research & Design is truly becoming an international force for river conservation.  We have sold eight models outside the US in six different countries.  We're getting inquiries from more countries all the time.

And the day after the GSA annual meeting ended two weeks ago, our Lily flew to Gateshead, United Kingdom, for the Towards a Living North Sea conference.

Academics, professionals and stakeholders gathered at the conference to discuss solutions to fish passages that have been restricted by river engineering and construction in England and other countries that surround the North Sea.

Emriver owners at the Rivers Trust, a UK-based watershed conservation group that helped organize the conference, invited Lily to attend the conference and exhibit their Em2.

At the conference, Lily met the members of the Rivers Trust who use the Em2.  River Watch Manager Dr. Ceri Gibson at the Tyne chapter of the Rivers Trust said so far, it has been a great conversation starter.

A stream conservation project in the Tyne Catchment restricted access to part of a public park.  The Tyne Rivers Trust used their Emriver to explain why.  You'll see in the photo here that they set their Em2 up right next to the real-life stream they were talking about.

Members of the Tyne Rivers Trust set up their Em2 next to a stream in a public park to explain a restoration project there.  Photo by Dr. Ceri Gibson.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Notre premier Emriver en Suisse!

Our first Emriver geomodel in Switzerland!

This week we shipped our first Emriver Em2 to Switzerland.

The geomodel goes to Dr. Sébastien Castelltort at the University of Geneva.

Just last month, Dr. Castelltort was published in Nature Geoscience, for groundbreaking work on tectonics and drainage patterns in New Zealand.

(Edit, link to final publication.)

We're happy about sending our first model to Switzerland, and even more so to such a distinguished scientist.


Notre premier Em2 en Suisse!

Cette semaine nous avons envoyé notre premier modèle Em2 en Suisse à Dr. Sébastien Castelltort à l' Université de Genève.

Pas plus tard que le mois dernier, Dr. Castelltort a été publié dans Nature Geoscience pour un travail révolutionnaire sur les plaques tectoniques qui sculptent la topographie en nouvelle Zélande.

Nous sommes très heureux bien sûr d'avoir envoyé notre premier modèle en Suisse mais quel honneur que de l'avoir dans le laboratoire d'un scientifique si distingué!

Référence :  River drainage patterns in the New Zealand Alps primarily controlled by plate tectonic strain, S. Castelltort, L. Goren, S.D. Willett, J.-D. Champagnac, F. Herman & J. Braun, Nature Geoscience, advance online publication 16 September 2012 . (Edit, link to final publication.)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Up for air at GSA 2012.

LRRD goes to GSA 2012 from Steve Gough on Vimeo.

Years ago I was dumped into big whitewater on the New River, and came up four times for air, getting nothing but foam.

Fifth time up I got air.  Same good feeling I have now about LRRD.

Five years ago I took LRRD from a profitable 1.5-person consulting firm to brick-and-mortar river model building.

My wife Kate insisted.  "Nobody else will do this, the world needs it, you have to."

Terrible economic timing -- summer of 2007.  The market collapsed and many universities got "don't buy anything" orders.

Our five years of struggling for air are over.   This GSA was our best ever. 

This movie is a tribute to my wonderful people at LRRD, my Kate, and supporters and colleagues in the geoscience and education community. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Last day and happy loading, GSA 2012

I'm exhausted, too tired now to do justice to our last two days at GSA. Amazed at our success and thankful for my colleagues, clients, and hundreds of visitors to our booth at GSA.

And happy for the United States of America.  Yesterday was a great victory for democracy, for the middle and lower class, for women, for GLBT folks.   A victory for peace, science, reason, and education.

And small businesses, over corporate greed.

Here you see Little River Research & Design embodying those things, a small business dedicated to science education.

Monday, November 5, 2012

GSA Monday.

Another unbelievable day.  Six of us were barely enough to answer questions and talk to scientists and educators who want to use our models.

A few photos from the rare moments I had time to take them.

Thanks to Brian Romans, Callan Bentley, Ron Schott -- who've been by the booth, and others I'm too tired to remember, who gave us props when we were much less famous, and not sure we'd survive.

And to my amazing LRRD colleagues; Nathan, Alee, Christina, Lily, and Beth.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

GSA 2012 Sunday!

We were swamped with visitors as the exhibits opened today.  At the peak, I counted 34 people in our booth.

We looked great in our new LRRD bowling shirts, and saw lots of old friends, colleagues, and clients.  Dozens of teachers and scientists left contact information.

Thanks to Alee, Nathan, Lily, and Christina, who represented LRRD so well.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

GSA Charlottte, Day One --we're ready!

This morning Christina and I guided our big rental truck into the Charlotte Convention Center and we unloaded.

We now have around two tons of gear arranged in a 20 x 30-foot space.   Hundreds of individual items -- pumps, power supplies, tools, brochures, video monitors.  Backups for everything.

We drove this stuff 600 miles over the last two days.  No other way for us; we can't trust shippers, they break and lose things.

So, after months of planning, and two weeks of packing, today is huge for us.

We've done it, we're ready; the models are full of water, running, and ready for Sunday's GSA open!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A plea for Science, and Barack Obama's re-election.


As a man well- grounded in the realities of business, government, natural resource use, and science,  I urge you to vote for Barack Obama.

I’m 54 years old.  As a forestry undergrad at the University of Arkansas-Monticello—maybe the best “dirt forestry” school in the United States when I was there—I was well-grounded in statistics, dendrology, photogrammetry, and surveying.
I worked as a logger, and in the sawmills of southern Arkansas.   I cut down trees and made them into lumber.  

In the way loggers treated rivers, I saw a disconnect between sound science and policy.  So I went to grad school, hoping to fix that.  Then I worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation, and was able to reach that goal – I got paid to teach people how rivers worked; farmers and miners and loggers. 

I left that job to found Little River Research & Design in 1991—to be my own boss and work nationwide in support of better river engineering and conservation.

I still do real-world river engineering, but lately I’ve dedicated LRRD to education.  Because I care about our natural world.  And because our civilization, as a democracy, depends on eduction and understanding.

The Right in this country has set us on a policy pathway to disaster.  It is proudly anti-science; and uses environmental issues as political footballs.

It perverts science and thrives on confusion, not education and understanding.

The Republican Party has made climate change denial a litmus test.  This position is anti-science, and puts the United States on a dangerous, unsustainable path.  Clearly, the GOP is willing to subvert scientific truth to divide voters and win elections.

The GOP advocates reduction in funding for our most important science agencies.    
Mitt Romney and his party have denied climate change, and proposed cuts in all the science agencies that monitor natural hazards.  The chaos in the Northeast now shows us how important these agencies are – and here I’m not counting federal disaster relief; something Romney has also proposed to cut.

These GOP positions against environmental science are are plainly wrong.  Most GOP leaders who advocate them know this.

Shame on them.

At LRRD, we work to educate and enlighten with hands-on science.   I hope we’re not too late.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Freedom Rider dies in Carbondale.

Freedom Rider Genevieve Hughes Houghton died last night in Carbondale.

In 1961 she was nearly killed for her convictions, in a firebombed bus with white men holding the doors shut.

My wife Kate was a good friend, and adored her, and last month honored her by dedicating a local trail.

Genevieve was featured in this American Experience documentary.

I was born in 1958, in Hope, Arkansas.  I can’t watch these documentaries because they are too painful; as I grew I heard grownups say terrible things, things a child knows are wrong.   The awful poison of racism. 

My Mom and Dad are both gone now.  When I was ten I leaned out of Dad’s truck and spit at a raggedy nigger pedestrian. White people did that, said that.  But, second to when I pointed a loaded gun at a man as a joke, it was the most angry I ever saw my Dad.  In a way he told me it was wrong.   But “nigger” was such a common word, always in a bad way.  Jokes.  Everybody knew it was wrong, but few fixed it. 

Genevieve tried, and nearly lost her life.  Back to my story.

In 1969, a traveling salesman named Byron De La Beckwith, visited my Dad, and I shook his hand.   De La Beckwith assassinated peaceful civil rights worker Medgar Evers in 1963

De La Beckwith was a sociopathic terrorist, by any definition.  He was acquitted by an all-white jury.  A cowardly, cold-blooded killer made a hero.  In 1994 he was, finally, convicted.

Here is the story I heard many times as a young boy.  I don’t know if it’s true: 

During the murder trial, Prosecution:  “Mr. De La Beckwith, have you ever seen this bullet.”

“No, but it sure did mushroom pretty inside that nigger.” 

(Laughing, jury laughing.)

Not sure if I can ever wipe that De La Beckwith handshake off.    

We have a horrible racist past in America.   Still.  It's alive in the South, alive in the suburbs, alive everywhere.   In our Presidential race.  Still.

Love to my Kate for taking care of Genevieve.

[Edit]:  Adding a few good links as I see them; not hard to find.  We don't hear nigger nowadays, we hear a dog whistle, and when the target reacts the whistler says "Get your mind out of the gutter, YOU are the racist here."    Sununu calls Obama "lazy."   Federal Judge steps down after admitting to sending racist email about bestiality and Obama's mother.  October 2012; Arkansas Legislator Jon Hubbard self-publishes book saying slavery "may have been a blessing" for African Americans.

(Burning bus in Anniston Alabama, May 14, 1961, from Birmingham Civil Rights Institute)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Our Steve and a custom Emriver at the Science Center of Southern Illinois

Carbondale residents visit the Science Center's custom Emriver Thursday night
after the Science Cafe talk. 
LRRD founder Steve Gough spoke Thursday night at the Science Cafe in the Science Center of Southern Illinois.

Steve talked about flood science, especially the intersection of science and human interest when it comes to building near rivers and floodplains.  

It’s an especially relevant issue for us in Southern Illinois.  In 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers blew up the Birds Point Levee in Missouri to allow the waters of the flooded Mississippi into the floodway there.  It was a hotly contested issue nationally at the time, but it’s still ever-present for local residents, scientists and students.  Steve wrote about it extensively on this blog.

In his talk, Steve used the 2011 flood here, and all of its controversy, to illustrate the age-old issues humans have had with building near rivers.  Steve’s solutions to these issues trace back to educating policymakers and laypeople about river science and how it affects them.

“That’s one of the reasons we have Little River Research & Design,” he said.  “To educate legislators and stakeholders.”

He spoke to the group of about 40 Southern Illinoisans just hours after we delivered a custom-made Emriver Em2 to the Science Center.

The Colleges of Science and Education at SIU collaborated to buy the Em2 with NSF funds; we donated the one-of-a-kind kid-proof base.  It will live in the Science Center, and SIU will use it as part of a program to train educators in interactive, outside-the-classroom teaching and learning.

Science Center Director Chris Walls said within its first hours running in the museum, it was already a big hit.

“Kids were amazed at the way the sediment was constantly moving,” he told us.

Our Lily and Nathan introduce Science Center Director Chris Walls to the
Emriver Em2 Thursday afternoon.

An official event to celebrate this Emriver’s new Southern Illinois home is planned for Saturday, October 27.  We’ll post more details as they come.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Steve Gough speaks at Science Cafe this week.

Steve will talk about flood science at the Carbondale Science Center's Science Cafe at 7pm Thursday September 27.  Flier here.

He'll be interviewed on WSIU Radio at 8:15 am on Tuesday the 25th.
UPDATE: Listen to Steve's interview with Brad Palmer on WSIU from the morning of Tuesday, September 25th.

Steve will discuss the science behind flood policy, including climate change and the 2011 floods that caused billions of dollars in damage on the Middle and Lower Mississippi.  He blogged extensively about the controversial Birds Point levee opening in May of 2011 (see May archives of this blog for all posts).

We'll use this blog post to list links and citations for this talk, and will be adding more during the week.

Links in no particular order: Great science-based climate information site.

Earth Observatory 2011 flood page with link to Riparian Rap 

Sundarbans satellite photo; near mouth of the Ganges.

US Climate Change Science Program

David Roberts at Grist writes good articles about climate science.

National Academies Climate Science page.

Scientific American on Fox News distortions of climate science.

Em4 floodplain formation movie.
LRRD time-lapse hydrograph movie.

IPCC information on rainfall frequency changes.

US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District.

National Flood insurance program.

Riparian Rap

Birds Point posts. These include many links to news and public policy documents.

Birds Point myths 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Our Em3 goes dual-axis.

We can't build our new Emriver Em3 models fast enough to meet demand.  The Em3's big enough for research, and eighteen students can put hands in at once.  But it remains portable like the Em2; its box weighs only 95 pounds ( 43 kg).

We designed the Em3 based on our two decades of experience and interaction with thousands of teachers and scientists, including users of over 100 of our models worldwide.

This (a bit silly) video shows us celebrating the final design of a dual-tilt mechanism for the Em3.  If you've seen it, you know how powerful it is -- we'll ship these to universities and museums worldwide.

Like everything we build, it's elegant, easy to use, and made to last forever.  If you're going to GSA this November, you'll see it live. 

Thanks to Chris Krumm of TropoStudio and Warren Sauer of L.E. Sauer Machine in St. Louis for help.  These guys are too cool to have websites, so no links.

And of course, thanks to the amazing peeps at LRRD.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The joy in our job -- teaching with our models.

IGERT students try to protect a river-side home

We’re in the business of building and selling river models.  Day-to-day, we talk to clients, spend hours fine-tuning prototypes, crunch numbers, write instruction manuals, program Arduino boards for flow controllers, and pack and ship models to schools, laboratories and nonprofit groups around the world.

But the best part, for all of us, is teaching with models.  We get to see students interact with our models and with one another.  We get to see them explore new ideas and test their own theories.

We’ve been doing it a lot lately. (And we do almost all of this local outreach pro bono.)

Steve welcomed the newest cadre of SIUC’s NSF-funded IGERT program last week.  IGERT combines elite doctoral students from several science and engineering disciplines to form unparalleled interdisciplinary research teams.  At SIU, the group focuses on watershed management and policy, so the students who visited us are some of the best in our field, and we enjoyed the hours we spent with them in our lab.

Members of the Youth Conservation Corps practice surveying in our Em3.
High-school age members of the Southern Illinois chapter of the Youth Conservation Corps came to our shop, and Lily taught them basic surveying practices and the effects of building culverts and bridges.  They were some of the brightest high school students we’ve encountered; after their lesson, we stepped back and watched them build a large and rather sophisticated bridge system in our Em3.

And last Saturday, Keep Carbondale Beautiful, a local environmental education and community beautification nonprofit, celebrated its 25th anniversary.  They asked us to join their celebration, so Lily, Nathan and Jim spent Saturday morning greeting visitors around an Em2 at the event.  
Lily and a Youth Conservation Corps member record survey data

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pulled from the mud by love, by my Kate.

Me with swamped canoe, being saved and photographed by Kate.
Kate on the Cache Wetlands,  helping with fieldwork.
Last Sunday my wife, Kate, helped me with fieldwork on the Cache River Wetlands in southern Illinois.

I swamped my canoe in two feet of water over knee-deep muck.  We were a quarter mile from solid ground, and each step in that mud was terrible.

Kate pulled me out of that mud and back into my canoe.

Safe and dry at home, here's this:  We're shipping river models worldwide now.  Kate made this happen, too.

In 2006, as we talked about expanding my river model work, she said "you have to give this to the world.  Nobody else will do it."

I didn't want to do it. I didn't want to hire people and build things that I'd have to sell.  I knew this would be a hard road.

Kate in her garden.
But Kate prevailed, and in 2007 we bought a building and hired staff.  That fall the US economy tanked and universities cut budgets to the bone. Good ideas, bad timing.

Very deep mud, hard road.

Kate worked extra hours to sustain LRRD.  We invested our savings.  Through her work in medicine and community service she found wonderful people to work at Little River.

Things got better, and Kate was right, the
world wanted our river models.

The people she found were the best.

Now we're on fire; with more than 115 Carbondale-built  geomodels in North America, Europe, and Australia, LRRD has touched thousands of scientists, educators, laypeople, students, and decision-makers.

We're making big changes in science education worldwide.  We can barely meet demand for our models.  I work with LRRD colleagues I trust and admire.

I owe all this to Kate. She appreciated my ideas and worked to support them when times were hard. 

And she was there to pull me out of the Cache River mud.  No man has a better wife than you, Kate.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Project Eco ROVER: The Mobile Science Classroom

Andrew Podoll teaches with our Emriver Em4 at Kickapoo Creek, Spring 2011

This is another in a series of posts in which we’re featuring some of our many interesting and impressive colleagues.  Stay tuned for more.

Andrew Podoll, SIUC alum and former GK-12 HEART fellow, local environmental educator, and founder of Project Eco ROVER, has been a friend and colleague of Little River Research & Design for over four years.  

In those years, Andrew has taken our in-house Emriver models all over Southern Illinois and taught hundreds of people, from local public school teachers to Carbondale Boys & Girls Club members, to college students at SIUC, to Carbondale Farmers' Market shoppers.

Today, for the first time, Andrew drove away from our headquarters in Carbondale, Illinois with his very own Emriver Em3 in tow.  

He was able to make the purchase with a donation from Old National Bank to his nonprofit Project Eco ROVER. 

Andrew started Project Eco ROVER as a way to bring interactive science education to schools, where budgets for field trips and special projects have been reduced in recent years.  

The “ROVER” in Eco ROVER stands for Repurposed Outreach Vehicle for Education and Research.  In other words, it’s an old charter bus that Andrew bought and is turning into a mobile, interactive science classroom.  When all is said and done, it’ll have Emriver models, a vegetated roof, a beehive, and other interactive exhibits, and it will visit schools and student groups around Southern Illinois and Indiana.  Check out some conceptual sketches here.

Andrew hopes to one day install Emriver models in the cargo bay of the bus, but for now, he says his Em3 will serve as “the hub” of the curriculum on board the ROVER.  Just like rivers connect many different forms of wildlife, Andrew says the various exhibits on the ROVER will be integrated around the Emriver.  He says his goal is “to help people understand the area they live in and how they’re connected to a larger region” through a watershed.

Three schools in Southern Illinois have already invited Project Eco ROVER to visit during the upcoming school year.  

We’re so pleased that Andrew will use his model exactly as it’s intended—as a tool that can travel and be shared and touch an entire community.  And in this case, it’s the community in which LRRD has lived for ten years.

We can’t wait to see the ROVER rolling, now with an Emriver on board.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

An Emriver Em2 ships to Australia!

An Emriver Em2 bound for Australia!

Today we shipped our first Em2 to Australia.

It’ll travel over ten thousand miles by land and sea, arriving at Charles Sturt University in Thurgoona, New South Whales, Australia early in August, where it will live in the School of Environmental Sciences and teach students about river and floodplain ecology.

We celebrate our first shipment to Australia.
Twenty years ago our founder, Steve Gough, with colleagues at the Missouri Department of Conservation, designed crude portable river models as a hands-on solution to the problem of explaining the effects of gravel mining. They were a smashing success then, and we've greatly improved them since.

Emriver models now span the Globe, helping students, stakeholders, and citizens learn about geomorphology, ecology, and how rivers work.

The faculty and staff at Charles Sturt University have been enthusiastic and wonderful to work with, making this big event an even sweeter one for us.