Sustainability & Innovation Lecture Series: "For the Love of Rivers"
Daragh Deegan, Aquatic Biologist, Elkhart-South Bend Aquatic Community Monitoring Program
Matt Meersman, Director, St. Joseph River Basin Commission
Jonathan Randall Grant, Artist-in-Residence, American Church in Paris
What is the role of the river in our midst? How is the public educated about and involved with our river? Hear from a panel of river-loving locals who take different approaches to increasing community engagement with the river. From swimming and paddling to studying aquatic life and watershed management, the panel will take us on a journey through time and space to explore what is and what could be.
Jonathan uses the combination of social media, events, and continued exposure to encourage community engagement with the river. His has used his influence to change one mind at a time about the role of the river in our midst.
Matt works as the Director of the St. Joseph River Basin Commission and serves as President of the Friends of the St. Joe River Association. His passion for protecting the water comes from a love of being on and in it. You can find him paddling canoes and kayaks on the river several days a week all year long.
Daragh is the Aquatic Biologist for the Elkhart-South Bend Aquatic Community Monitoring Program. The main focus of his position is monitoring biological communities in the Rivers and Streams of Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties. He also dedicates a significant amount of time to community outreach and education. When not out wading in local streams or talking with to local students, he works with local river–based organizations. Daragh is a board director for the Elkhart River Restoration Association and a member and past President of the St. Joseph River Basin Commission.
Free and open to the public!