We’re A Lucky Bunch
Jonathan Graca fills us in on the great river restoration work that Inter-Fluve has been doing across America for 30 years…
We’re a lucky bunch – we’ve found a way to support our passion for restoring rivers and streams as a full-time gig. We got our start in 1983 when a few fly-fishing scientists realized they could get paid to return degraded streams in Montana to the Blue Ribbon fisheries they once were. The idea of restoring rivers was a new niche. Today – 30 years later – the work of restoring rivers is a recognized profession. There is growing consensus around the value of ecosystems, and a sense of urgency to protect healthy rivers. Dams are coming down (about 1,000 in the last century); cities are recognizing the benefits of multi-use stormwater features; and fishermen… well they always want more fish in our streams.
Joining 1% for the Planet has given us the opportunity to support non-profits committed to restoring and enhancing rivers. We’re proud to support a number of organizations that are working hard to restore rivers and improve public awareness about some of the challenges rivers face. Huge thanks go out to the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership, American Rivers, River Restoration Northwest, Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group, River Alliance of Wisconsin, and River Network. Individually and collectively, these groups are making important strides in protecting and restoring our rivers.