Scalable Solutions in River Health [11.17.20]


Dr. Luke Javernick, Ex. Dir., River Science

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Program Summary:

The world-wide EmeraldPlanet International Foundation® movement is linking millions of professionals and citizens around the globe through a practical community-by-community identification, evaluation, broadcasting, and promotions weekly television program and selected The Emerald Mini-Treks®.

EmeraldPlanet International Foundation® has continually expanded its outreach and service to all sectors of countries and local communities. It is actively identifying the “best of the best” technologies, services, products, and processes. This is the “high touch” portions of the EmeraldPlanet® global movement featuring the “high technologies” through The Emerald Mini-Treks®, while creating The Emerald Mall® to match those inventing, creating, experimenting with, and manufacturing needed technologies. with those individuals and communities needing such technologies, services, products, and processes for sustainable, resilient, and adaptive living in closer harmony with natural surroundings.

WELCOME to join in this world-wide movement by watching The EmeraldPlanet TV® programs, participating in planning for and joining in various The Emerald Mini-Treks®, and linking your “best practices” to those in need on The Emerald Mall®. MANY BEST WISHES as together we create The EmeraldPlanet®…Dr. Sam Hancock

Our featured guests are:

  • Show ‘1’: Dr. Luke Javernick, Executive Director and Award-Winning (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action) River Scientist, River Science, Theme: “Affordable Technology to Assess River Health”
  • Show ‘2’: Dr. Luke Javernick, Executive Director and Award-Winning (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action) River Scientist, River Science, Theme: “Citizen Science and River Data”
  • Show ‘3’: Dr. Luke Javernick, Executive Director and Award-Winning (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action) River Scientist, River Science, Theme: “The State of River Restoration”
  • Show ‘4’: Dr. Luke Javernick, Executive Director and Award-Winning (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action) River Scientist, River Science, Theme: “High School Education in Action”

Program Overview:

Led by Dr. Luke Javernick, Executive Director and Award-winning (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action) River Scientist, River Science is a nonprofit organization (501(c)(3). It was founded in 2016 to facilitate the adoption of new technologies and data opportunities in water resources. Today its mission is to use education and technologies to achieve the greatest water conservation impacts. To achieve this mission, River Science provides affordable solutions and services to water resource projects and partners (e.g. businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies) as well as provide students with hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). As the organization grows it continues to research and apply scalable data solutions to pursue the greatest conservation-return on investment (C-ROI).

River Science has partnered with the local Cañon City High School since 2018. It provides students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education using local river projects as the context. In 2019, Cañon City School District approved the first-ever River Science Class. This upper-level science class and lab provide students with a foundation of Colorado water literacy, skillsets, and an introduction to several water-related careers. Students have been working on a local project called the Van Norman project. In this project, students collect baseline data, assess the data, restoration options, and are helping with the restoration work and post-restoration monitoring. This partnership is a win-win-win-win for high school education and student experiences, cost-effective restoration, and improvements to the local water resources and environment.

Since 2019, River Science has administered the Colorado River Watch program in partnership with Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife (CPW). River Watch is a 30 year old citizen science program that monitors 59,000 river miles in 565 rivers. This program is the nation’s longest and most successful water quality citizen science program. Data is accepted by the U.S. EPA and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Part of the success is it provides a cost-effective solution to monitoring Colorado’s river health and provides the valuable baseline data for various studies and human-made and natural disasters.

Dr. Luke Javernick, Executive Director, founded River Science in 2016. “Luke” is an award-winning (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action) River Scientist who spent the early part of his career studying and improving rivers in New Zealand, Colorado, and Oregon. Later he studied ways to improve river management through cost-effective techniques in Italy. Luke is passionate about leveraging open source software, low-cost hardware, and advanced computing to collect affordable data at a meaningful scale to provide valuable information to clients and projects. Luke’s vision, ambition, and creative approaches have helped launch River Science into a successful nonprofit with strong partnerships across Colorado.

Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet®…Dr. Sam Hancock, Executive Producer, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV®