Sharing a River to Save It: An Experimental Cross-Disciplinary Course

Date: 

2015

Summary: 

20 students worked together across disciplines to address the "wicked problem" of dam removal, including addressing stored sediment, fish passage and habitat, flooding, energy generation, and public space.

Issue: 

We asked the question, how might we imagine the removal of a large dam on the Susquehanna River? How might we create a vision/scenario and set of strategies remove the Conowingo Dam to restore connectivity for aquatic species like the American Shad?

Response: 

I taught this cross-university course with Karin Limburg (SUNY-ESF) and Doug Johnston (SUNY-ESF). Students from fisheries science, environmental engineering, landscape architecture, city and regional planning and hydrology participated along with experts from a diverse range of fields.

Submitted by: 

  • Vanucchi, Jamie

Researchers involved: 

  • Vanucchi, Jamie L
  • Limburg, Karin
  • Johnston, Doug

International focus: 

  • United States of America

United States focus: 

  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania