New York City’s Streams – A Lecture by Eric Sanderson

As beautiful as New York can be at times, the big buildings are as nothing compared to the humble artistry of a free-flowing stream running down to the sea. In this presentation, Dr. Eric Sanderson of the Welikia Project at the Wildlife Conservation Society and author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City, looks back at the more 700 miles of streams that once coursed through the five boroughs.

After seven years of effort, he will share for the first time the digital elevation model of the pre-development topography his team has built, discuss why the climate and geology of the city together make our landscape conducive to streams and springs, give a borough by borough tour of ancient watersheds, and suggest how we can bring living water back to the stony city again.

Presented in collaboration with NYC H2O.  This event is free and open to the public, but we strongly encourage making a reservation at this Eventbrite site.

Friday, December 8, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Hunter College West Building, Room HW-714

Enter Hunter College through the main entrance on the southwest corner of 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Eric Sanderson PhD is a landscape ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is the author of Manahatta: A Natural History of NYC and Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs and other books.


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