A River Guide's Guide to the Remarkable Geology and Hydrology of the McKenzie River

Dec 30 2014

A River Guide’s Guide to the Remarkable Geology and Hydrology of the McKenzie River

Every river’s different, but some are more unique than others.  The McKenzie River is a truly unusual river, and one of the clearest examples of how geology can be destiny when it comes to understanding how the river was formed, where the water comes from, and why there are few good lunch gravel bars.  The story lies in the interplay between volcanoes and rivers over the last 5 million years and will change the way you look at the McKenzie forever.

usda hydrologist gordon grant - mckenzie river oregon

Gordon Grant – research hydrologist with the USDA Forest Service

 Please join us

 Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

 10:30 am @ Belknap Hot Springs – Great Room

 Half price soaks for attendees

59296 N Belknap Springs Rd.  McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413    –   541-822-8288


Our  Speaker, Gordon Grant is a Research Hydrologist with the USDA Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon, and also Courtesy Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Following a decade-long career as a whitewater river guide on western rivers, he received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1986 under the tutelage of Professor M. Gordon (Reds) Wolman. He began his career with the research branch of the Forest Service in 1985 with the overarching goal of advancing understanding of how stream networks, watersheds, and entire landscapes respond to changes in streamflow, sediment transport, and wood entrainment. Over the course of his career he has studied diverse drivers of fluvial regimes, including responses to natural disturbances such as fire and volcanic eruptions, changes in forestland use, effects of dam construction or removal, river restoration, climate change, and the intrinsic evolution of geomorphic systems. While his earlier research focused on forested mountain landscapes in the Pacific Northwest, the geographical scope of his work has broadened to include geological provinces such as the Cascade Mountains, the semi-arid western U.S., and international comparisons of river systems and management in diverse terranes. This work has included extended collaborations with research groups in Japan, China, and Italy. He is both a former Deputy and Associate Editor for the journal Water Resources Research, chair of the Science Steering Committee for the National Science Foundation Critical Zone Observatory Program, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.


Unable to attend this event – check out our McKenzie River Geology page for more information and a great professional video on the hydrology of the McKenzie River

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