Miles Lost Miles Gained

Art and science combine to virtually restore lost rivers through digital maps, sculpture and intersecting tales of ecosystem destruction and restoration.

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The art of river restoration – Andy Ritchie’s Elwha Restoration Photostream

The art of river restoration – Andy Ritchie’s Elwha Restoration Photostream

Andy, a hydrologist for the USGS, is one of the most privileged hydrologists in the world right now. He gets to keep track of the Elwha River as its awe-inspiring transformation takes place. He and his team of talented scientists are watching the former lakebeds turn back into rivers, and the “tamed” river downstream of the former dams transform at a time scale geologists only dream about (real time). I love watching the river change from the vantage of his lens – whether on the ground, or from the air.