Urban rivers should be an asset, not a liability

This blog post was written while I was a fellow at the Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) at Colorado State University. The original post can be found here. Many people consider rivers in urban areas to be dirty, dangerous, and polluted. Unfortunately, they aren’t always wrong. Urban rivers are convenient dumping grounds for waste, and can flood, threatening homes and businesses. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

A city runs through it: Growing up on an urban river

This blog post was written while I was a part of the CSU School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SOGES) Sustainability Leadership Fellows Program. Original posting here. I grew up on an urban river – the White River that flows through Indianapolis. Indiana isn’t a state known for its natural beauty, and not without reason. We have no mountains or oceans, and just a sliver of a Great Lake. Like many places in the Midwest, we are more defined by our farm fields than our natural features.