Big Muddy. Old Man River. We give affectionate nicknames to our rivers, and those are just for the Mississippi.
Dr. Kurt Fausch can relate to the affection; in fact his recent book is called For the Love of Rivers.
Fausch is an ecologist at Colorado State University, and his book goes beyond national borders to detail how rivers and their ecosystems are intertwined.
Humans have not always been kind to rivers, and that is explored, too. Fausch joins us with the stories.