Exploring the importance of rivers

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Rivers are obviously a necessity for the fish that live in them, but are they necessary for humans? That topic was the subject of a scientific talk at Michigan Technological University’s Forestry Building on Tuesday.

Colorado State University professor Kurt Fausch discussed his experienced as a field biologist in the U.S. and Japan.

“What are some of the values of rivers that we as humans find essential, like being able to see it, being able to hear it. Do we want cities without any rivers in a place like Colorado? Do we want rivers that are compromised or polluted or diverted?” Fausch said.

Fausch explored these questions and more in his book “For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey.” He will speak again on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Great Lakes Research Center in Houghton.

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