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

    USA

    2019

    78 min

    • English

    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!

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Kent Cornwell
    Cinematography
    Shelly Solomon
    Editing
    Shelly Solomon
    Production
    LEAPING FROG FILMS
    Shelly Solomon

    Shelly Solomon

    USA

    A resident of the Pacific Northwest, Shelly Solomon is a restoration biologist, an environmental filmmaker, and the founder of Leaping Frog Films, which is dedicated to positive environmental action. Solomon's films have received front-page coverage and been featured on NPR. Made in collaboration with her husband Kent Cornwell, ENGINEERING WITH NATURE - AN ODE TO WATER, WOOD, AND STONE (2019) is Solomon's second feature documentary, following EBB AND FLOW (2016).