I have become an "expert" in the ecological design relating to water in urban and industrial landscapes. But in place of the dryness of professional CV writing, I prefer to focus on the passions that were my original drivers. Perhaps this approach is closer to the original latin meaning of "curriculum vitae"? I was raised in a small town in southern Ontario that had not yet been exposed to the need to tame it's natural water not, at least, beyond the minor swales needed to drain house yards, streets and lanes.
The nearest creek was within fifty metres of my home. Tracing an enticingly contorted route along roadsides and back gardens, it ran across town and provided an alluring greenway for turtles and little boys.
Before I had words for such matters, I learned from the creek.
Water is fascinating and ever-changing.
Like my veins are to my hands, streams are tied intimately to the land.
Water supports profuse life, risk and play.
Through many hours and days, I learned the risks of snapping turtles and boot-sucking mud, the wild beauty of jewelweed and dragonflies, the joy of building rafts, and the reverie of watching leaves floating lazily downstream.
Eventually I followed the stream up to its source and down to its end, then followed the flow of water into ever larger streams and into the wider world of my adult life.
I am still that boy.
Restoring natural water to urban settings - read below and above
Water is the primary shaper and sustainer of the land on which we have built our cities and towns. In our desire to reduce the risks of water in our cities, we have abandoned many of the diverse benefits of streams, ponds and related natural life.
This gross simplification of nature in the city starves us of rich experiences everyday, and depletes unnecessarily the movement and habitat of other species. Meanwhile we are not taking advantage of the â€œfree servicesâ€ that a viable ecosystem can provide to deal with pollution, noise and other unfortunate side effects of modern development.
We can attend to the risks and functionality that are the proper focus of engineers, while restoring nature to our cities and to our everyday lives.
Ecological economics, The Importance of engaging in your particular community
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