Presentation by The Nature Conservancy’s Brian Richter

On March 16, 2010 in CitySpace on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall, Brian Richter, managing director of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Program gave a public presentation in conjunction with Charlottesville Tomorrow’s

Our Water Our Future

exhibit.  Richter spoke about the idea of sustainability and the management of water flows in freshwater ecosystems.  He also discussed his organization’s work in the Rivanna River Watershed and took questions from the audience.

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Brian Richter’s Bio:

Brian Richter has been involved in river science and conservation for more than 20 years.  He is the Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Program, a program that promotes sustainable water management with governments, corporations, and local communities.  Brian has consulted on more than 120 river projects worldwide, with a focus on the challenge of meeting human needs for water and energy while sustaining healthy rivers and lakes.  Brian has developed numerous scientific tools and methods to support river protection and restoration efforts, including the Indicators of Hydrologic Alteration software that is being used by water managers and ecologists worldwide. He has published many scientific papers on the importance of ecologically sustainable water management in international science journals, and co-authored a book with Sandra Postel entitled “

Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature

” (Island Press, 2003).