How do we ensure our rivers are here for future generations? Rivers are complicated, intricate systems that are often managed by multiple organisations and utilized by communities, big and small. Some rivers flow through national and international borders, some flow through cities and towns while others are remote and wild. Some rivers are used for recreation and add to the livability of a city, whilst others are workhorses that are only used for transport, mining and water supply.
Many rivers are struggling to cope with the pressures we place on them, let alone coping with global changes such as climate variances. How do we transform our rivers to become resilient, to bounce back after a shock such as a flood or drought?
The International RiverFoundation’s May RiverTalk will cover many of these issues. Come and listen to Prof. Bill Dennison, Vice President for Science Application at the University of Maryland Centre for Environmental Science speak about River Resilience, Report Cards and the Resilient Rivers Blueprint.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Bill Dennison
Bill leads the Integration and Application Network, a collection of scientists interested in solving, not just studying, environmental problems. He is actively involved in the Chesapeake Bay Program, USA and had an active role in the Healthy Waterways Campaign of South-East Queensland, Australia. In his current role as Vice President for Science Application at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, his focus is on developing ways to effectively communicate science and to create credible and rigorous environmental report cards.
Originally planned as a networking breakfast, Rivers on Fire is the first of IRF’s new monthly online RiverTalk series.
As Australia begins to recover from the devastating nationwide bushfires, this RiverTalk will focus on understanding the impacts, raising awareness, and creating a call for action to address the effects of fire on waterways.
Listen to our two keynote expert speakers and take part in an online Q&A session.