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For Love of Rivers discusses the future of streams and waterways

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Kurt Faush will discuss international collaboration among stream ecologists to discover the strong hidden connections between rivers and their surround forests at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. For Love of Rivers takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24.

VAIL — Kurt Fausch is a professor emeritus in the Department of Fish Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University with 33 years of experience.

From 5:30 to 6 p.m. today, Fausch will lead an intimate evening titled For Love of Rivers, presented in partnership by the Eagle River Watershed Council and town of Vail.

The presentation will discus international collaboration among stream ecologists to discover the strong hidden connections between rivers and their surrounding forests.

a gift to humans

Fausch will present the story captured in his book, "For Love of Rivers."

"Like trees and music and good health, streams and rivers are a gift to us as humans," he said. "In the end, I believe we will need to understand how and why we love rivers, if we hope to conserve them."

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Fausch's collaborative research has taken him throughout Colorado, the West, and worldwide, including to Hokkaido in northern Japan. His experiences in Japan were chronicled in the PBS documentary film "RiverWebs." He has received numerous awards from the American Fisheries Society and the World Council of Fisheries Societies, and served as the acting director of the graduate degree program in ecology at CSU.

If you go …

What: For Love of Rivers.

Where: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center, Vail.

When: Thursday, Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 in advance and $25 day-of.

More information: Visit http://www.BettyFordAlpineGardens.org or call 970-716-0103, ext. 3.