Connected Waters: Fixing Floodplains for People and Salmon
It’s one of the great conundrums of Salmon Nation. We’ve built our communities and grown our food in river floodplains that have been powerhouses of salmon production for thousands of years. But to protect our homes and farmland from natural flooding, we’ve diked and blocked off vast areas of vital salmon habitat, and use massive flood pumps that kill fish as they drain the land. As flooding gets worse due to climate change, communities are turning to nature-based flood control solutions that reconnect and revitalize our sloughs, side channels and creeks, all while making our built environments even safer from flooding. In the lower Fraser, Washington State and elsewhere, First Nations, engineers and conservationists are implementing these solutions and scoping out new prospects. Join us for a multi-disciplinary panel discussion and learn about inspiring solutions being implemented in the lower Fraser and across the border in Washington State.
Along with owning and operating a thriving art practice, Carrielynn maintains a communal role as a plant practitioner, the philosophy and responsibilities for traditional plant practitioners range from protection and preservation of lands, to networking and trade, along with harvest and preparation methods, and more. The art work and advisory Carrielynn contributes to the circles and communities she is a part of reflect these understandings.
It is the foundation of an intrinsic connection to the land that provides Carrielynn her understandings and perspectives for design. With ancient and modern practices combined, Carrielynn’s professional artistic practice takes the form of murals, canvas paintings, drums, paddles and in recent years, illustrations for scientific reports and children’s books.