Internationally known river researcher visits Whychus Creek

The Bulletin reports on University of Nottingham students at Whychus Creek.
By Stephen Hamway
The Bulletin


SISTERS — An internationally regarded expert in rivers and how they influence the environment around them is lending his expertise to one of Central Oregon’s largest restoration projects.

Colin Thorne, a professor of physical geography with the University of Nottingham in England, has spent nearly two weeks studying Whychus Creek alongside 13 recent graduates from the university.

Thorne has monitored rivers across the world. However, he described the work happening in Central Oregon to restore Whychus Creek to the way it looked before European-Americans settled in the region as “cutting-edge,” and suggested it could help pave the way for more river restoration efforts in Oregon and beyond...