RiverSmart in the news

UMass RiverSmart Report Released
Recorded December 2, 2016
In this presentation, the UMass-Amherst Geosciences Department RiverSmart Team explains how to prevent some of the damage caused by extreme weather events like Hurricane Irene.  The key, they say, is to adopt building and planning practices that allow rivers to behave more naturally.

Water Hazard
By:  Karen Shapiro
December 7, 2016
Two local scientists are working to lessen the impacts of flooding during major storms.

River Restoration
By:  Karen Shapiro
June 8, 2017
The first step in protecting local waterways, and restoring them after natural disasters, is to learn more about them.

Researching the Connecticut River Flooding | Connecting Point | June 7, 2017
Published on Jun 8, 2017
By WGBY, Dave Fraser
Western New Englanders know the importance of rivers. Parks run alongside them, bridges cross them, farms flourish in the rich soil near their banks. But when rivers flood—as they did during Hurricane Irene in 2011—they don’t just destroy parcels of land; they change the face of commerce and culture in affected communities for years to come. A group of researchers from UMASS Amherst has been spending time collecting data and researching the Connecticut River flooding so that they can better understand how rivers reclaim themselves after a catastrophic event. Producer Dave Fraser tagged along on a recent research endeavor to learn more.