DATE: Wednesday, January 31st
PLACE: Hawthorne Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
TIME: 11:30 a.m. Networking, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
TOPIC: The Urban Beaver Study: An Examination of the Effects of Beavers on an Urban Streamscape
SPEAKER: Erin Poor, USGS
Agencies are seeking alternative ways of restoring and enhancing resilience in urban stream networks within the constraints of existing infrastructure. One potential strategy may be to support beaver recolonization of urban streams. Beaver dam building activity has been found to attenuate streamflow and provide ecological uplift in areas that have experienced minimal human impact. But does this hold true in urban streamscapes? The urban beaver study seeks to answer this question and provide resource managers with science that will inform strategic management and planning decisions.
Erin is an avid outdoorswoman who has been hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest since she was just six-weeks old. Hiking may be an exaggeration as her parents did most of the work back then, but nonetheless her passion for nature and curiosity about stream systems was sparked at a young age. Erin currently works as a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Oregon Water Science Center. As a member of the water quality team Erin examines issues facing urban streams.