Professor Mike Bryson: Seeing Rivers as Ecosystems in LA and Chicago

Professor Mike Bryson examines our water issues in this fall’s offering of SUST 220 Water, which meets selected Saturdays in Schaumburg as well as online. You can get a preview of some of the course’s concerns as he discusses the ecological health of the Los Angeles River and the Chicago River on his blog today.  One key observation:

The recent resurgence of interest in the LA River, spurred by river enthusiasts and environmental advocates, exemplifies an important axiom in relation to urban streams. If people start using them for recreation, they suddenly become more important, no matter their state of abuse or degradation. And such usage, in turn, spurs efforts to clean up the rivers in order to benefit from their important functions as green corridors.

The semester starts Monday, and spaces are available in SUST 220.  If you are interested in enrolling, find out more by visiting our Sustainability Studies website, calling 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or emailing

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