Science Café Cleveland presents


"Fire, fish, and flow: from burning rivers to living rivers"


DECEMBER 12, 2011




Jeff Opperman

(Senior Freshwater Scientist, Global Freshwater Program, The Nature Conservancy)




This event was originally scheduled for December 13, 2010 and was cancelled due to weather. It has been rescheduled for this upcoming December 12, 2011. To hear last years December 12, 2010 podcast on The Sound of Ideas, 90.3 WCPN ideastream, click here.




As Clevelanders well know, rivers can be potent symbols of both environmental degradation and recovery. Beyond symbolic value, rivers support rich and productive ecosystems and also provide direct economic value to people. In fact, hundreds of millions of people worldwide depend directly on healthy rivers for their food and livelihood. Today rivers--and their ability to support ecosystems and communities--face a range of threats, from pollution to overfishing to climate change that may dramatically alter river flows. Thousands of large dams are planned or are under construction around the world to meet growing demands for water and low-carbon electricity. In this talk, Jeff Opperman of The Nature Conservancy will summarize recent advances in the science of rivers and describes how the Conservancy and partners are working to find sustainable solutions for providing water and energy while maintaining and restoring healthy rivers.




WHERE: The Market Garden Brewery

(Located at 1947 West 25th Street next to the West Side Market, Cleveland, Ohio)


WHEN: December 12, 2011

Drinks at 6:30 pm, discussion starts around 7:00 pm


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN

ideastream, and the Market Garden Brewery




Click here to download a .pdf flyer