Understanding what water wants can help protect built environments from floods and droughts, store carbon, and restore homes for other-than-human life.

From Earth Island Journal – SECRET RIVERS, GHOST STREAMS, hidden creeks: Learning of their existence arouses our innate attraction to mystery and our passion about the places we live. What we learn about the past triggers amazement because our quotidian landscape is so transformed. We’ve dramatically altered waterways outside of cities too. We’ve straightened rivers’ meanders for shipping, uncurled creeks to speed water away, drained and filled wetlands and lakes, and blocked off floodplains to create more farmland or real estate for buildings. (more)