Last week we shipped Emriver Em2 number 100 to Oglala Lakota College in South
Our geomodels now reach thousands of people -- students,
citizens, and decision-makers.
Six years ago, when I was building these models in our
garage, my wife, Kate, said, “give your river models to the world.” She knew this would be a labor of love, not
She was right, and in 2007, reluctantly, I gave up my
well-paying consulting work and we bought a building and hired a few people to
Then the economy tanked, and education budgets were slashed. The first two years were exciting but
terrible for me. Stress and hard work
landed me in the hospital in 2008
For nearly five years we saw only losses. Kate’s work as a pharmacist supported
us. NSF and others rejected our grant
We pushed past these hard times, and now we are a
world-class force for science and river conservation education.
Little River Research & Design will be 20 years old this
summer. I’m told bosses aren’t supposed
to, but I consider every one of my employees a friend, and am proud of them
And proud of my Kate, who pushed me to do this.
And thankful to the colleagues and friends around the world
You know who you are.
Special thanks to my 1980s Missouri Department of Conservation
colleagues, where we conceived these models, and to the people of Missouri who
funded it. The final photo here is of a
circa 1990 river model we built there; it's filled with crushed walnut shells.
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