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For the Love of Rivers

A Scientist's Journey

A book by Dr. Kurt Fausch

Winner of the 2016 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award

“With deft storytelling and poetic prose, Kurt Fausch conveys the mystery and magic of flowing waters — and why we need to protect them. For the Love of Rivers is a must-read for anyone who loves rivers and the natural world, which Fausch argues is all of us — whether we consciously know that or not.”


Sandra Postel
Freshwater Fellow, National Geographic Society, and co-author of Rivers for Life

About the Book

In For the Love of Rivers, Kurt Fausch draws readers into an international collaboration among stream ecologists to discover the strong hidden connections between rivers and their surrounding forests.


But the tragic loss of one of his closest Japanese colleagues, and the decline of rivers and fishes that Fausch and his colleagues study, forced him to look beyond the water’s surface and ask what is essential about rivers, and why humans would want to conserve them.


Fausch states, “Like trees and music and good health, streams and rivers are a gift to us as humans… In the end, I believe we will need to understand how and why we love rivers, if we hope to conserve them.”


This book was produced with support from the National Science Foundation, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Colorado State University, and Freshwaters Illustrated. It is published by Oregon State University Press.

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Purchase the book from our partner, Freshwaters Illustrated. All profits are donated to them for their work in freshwater conservation.

For the Love of Rivers Book
$22 (+$3 US shipping)

For the Love of Rivers Book
+ RiverWebs DVD
$32 (+$3 US shipping)