Inter-Fluve Engineering Commits to Fixing Rivers
Authored by Jonathan Graca, Inter-Fluve, Inc.
Inter-Fluve is an engineering firm with a pretty simple goal: we fix rivers. Joining 1% has been an opportunity for us to support non-profit leaders that are playing critical roles in advancing river restoration policy discussions and completing on-the-ground work. Since joining 1% in 2007, we’ve supported over a dozen organizations; here’s a little something about three of them.
• American Rivers is a leader in the grassroots charge to protect, restore, and conserve rivers across the US. They’ve been especially successful in dam removals, where they’ve led the way in removing 147 outdated dams. Including most recently the Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River – a stretch of Wild and Scenic river minutes from our Hood River, Oregon office where we fish and kayak.
• At a more local level, we’ve been supporting River Restoration Northwest (RRNW) since 2007. With a threadbare budget, RRNW is a conduit for exchanging ideas, reflecting on lessons learned, and promoting responsible practices like ensuring that all engineered large wood placements in our rivers not only perform their objective – e.g., stabilizing banks or improving fish habitat – but are also safe for recreational activities like swimming and kayaking.
• We’re also proud to support the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board (LCFRB). Established in 1998 by the Washington Legislature, the LCFRB’s mission is to return endangered salmon and steelhead in the Lower Columbia River to healthy and harvestable levels. The Lower Columbia is largely estuary –150 miles of slow, wide river that ends at the Pacific. Wetlands in the estuary are extremely important to baby salmon and steelhead who spend days or months feeding and gaining strength before venturing into the ocean. Yet, about two-thirds of historical estuary wetland habitat has been lost to development. LCFRB’s one-the-ground wetland restoration projects are showing significant increases in not only new habitat, but also young salmon and steelhead preparing for life at sea.
To all three organizations: Thank you. You provide a vote voice for aquatic environments that otherwise have no voice or vote. Without the awareness you bring to these issues we would not have the work we do, and more importantly, our environment would be much less rich. Everyone that values rivers should appreciate your contributions. We certainly do.