March 1, 2016

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Kinnickinnic Corridor Project March 9 “Tech Talk” to focus on river ecology 

River Falls, WI – The second of six community “Tech Talks” – part of the Kinnickinnic River Corridor planning process – will be held Thursday, March 9 from 6:30-8 p.m., at the River Falls Public Library (lower level), 140 Union Street, River Falls, WI. The event is open to the public; there is no fee to attend.

The Tech Talk is part of the City of River Falls’ comprehensive, multi-year planning process to consider the existing and future relationship of the community with the Kinnickinnic River and adjoining urban and undeveloped areas. When complete, the Corridor Plan will establish a future vision for the area and strategies for implementation. 

The community discussion next Thursday will feature a facilitated panel discussion with four regional experts regarding river ecology and its importance to river corridor planning. Panelists will also explore the unique characteristics of the Kinnickinnic River and its watershed. Panel members include:

Carrie Jennings, Research and Policy Director for the Freshwater Society of Minnesota. Prior to joining the Freshwater Society in 2016, Dr. Jennings worked as a field geologist for the Minnesota Geological Survey and the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Lands and Minerals.

Kent Johnson, Manager, Environmental Monitoring Section of Metropolitan Council Environmental Services in St. Paul. He has 37 years of experience in water monitoring and water resources planning and management. In 1992, Johnson led the effort to begin long- term thermal monitoring of the Kinnickinnic River.

Marty Melchior, Regional Director with Inter-Fluve, a consulting firm specializing in stream restoration and engineering. He is an accomplished stream ecologist, having completed over 200 assessment and restoration projects across the country. In 2016, he led the investigation of accumulated sediments in Lake George and Lake Louise on the Kinnickinnic River.

Matthew Mitro, research scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He specializes in trout ecology and population modeling, mark-recapture, fish ageing, stream fish and habitat sampling/monitoring, trout stocking, statistics, and effects of changing environmental conditions on fish.  

The evening will include time for questions from the audience as well as the opportunity to talk with members of the Kinni River Corridor Committee and City staff.

Future Tech Talk dates and topics include:

April 6: Economic and Neighborhood Development

May 18: Hydro Facilities and Relicensing

July 20: Dam Removal Alternatives

Sept. 7: Recreation and Tourism