“We commonly think of rivers as, for the most part, staying where they belong, in the river bed, occasionally coming out into the floodplain under fairly predictable conditions conducive to high water that we call “floods.”
The writing in this issue of Open Rivers belies this notion of predictability, to a large degree. In disparate ways our authors write as if rivers should be understood as fundamentally restless, existing under conditions that are dramatically changing. The terms we use to describe these changes matter a great deal; is a flood a “disturbance” or part of the river’s inherent dynamic? Christopher Morris asks us to reflect on this distinction. More pointedly, Richard M. Mizelle Jr. reminds us that periods of high water are commonly understood to be shaped by a combination of “natural” and “intentional” factors; what is consistent is that the people suffering the worst impacts are communities of color and the poor.” From the introduction to the second issue of Open Rivers Journal, written by Healing Place partner, Patrick Nunnally.
Open Rivers is a beautifully designed, easy to navigate digital journal. You can download a PDF version, if you prefer. Spend time reading the variety of content. An HPC partner is mentioned in one of the articles. Can you find this mention?