Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone

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Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone

Directed by Shelly Solomon

  • USA 2019; 78 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Documentary


In an age of pessimism around the ever apparent effects of Climate Change this full-length documentary, 5 years in the making, depicts how the best of informed Science came together with the best of inspired Engineering, along with the Wisdom of Mother Nature to find a solution to urban flooding.
Today, a neighborhood in the City of Seattle no longer floods and the urban stream is once again functioning as an integral part of a historic natural green corridor. Pollutants associated with urban runoff are being removed through natural processes and the water is cooler, thanks to a cutting-edge engineered streambed.  Further validation came when, for the first time in 20 years, Chinook salmon returned to spawn just a few feet from their human neighbors.
The bigger story, however, may well be that this visionary project has created a road map for communities around the world to learn how to build in natural resilience to climate change!



    Shelly Solomon