The Thalweg - 2013 Winter Solstice Issue

December 21, 2013
By Jon Dauzvardis

Happy first day of Winter!

This issue of The Thalweg is dedicated to our Colorado neighbors affected by the September 2013 floods. With many still recovering and reestablishing their lives, ecos feels compelled to address some of the valuable lessons learned from the floods, and particularly the important ecosystem services provided by stable river systems. ecos wishes a peaceful and joyous holiday season to all, a speedy recovery to those affected by the floods, and our prayers to those who lost lives, loved ones or homes.  

  • Project news:Lions Park Bioengineering Project on the Poudre River Withstands September 2013 Flood

Lessons learned about our role in impacting and stressing floodplains and river systems and what we can do to protect people, property and infrastucture through bioengineering and restoration of natural floodplain and river systems. To learn more about how the Lions Park project held up to the flood and staved off major damage to the park and adjacent neighborhoods, please read on at our Bank Stabilization Projects page.

  • Ecofact: Winter Solstice Facts

The December solstice is also known as the winter solstice in the USA and other areas in the northern hemisphere. It occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination; which is when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. The winter solstice occurs annually between December 20 and 23, and marks the first day of winter. However, the official date for the first day of winter varies depending on the country's climate.

The winter solstice has influenced the lives of many people over the centuries, particularly through art, literature, mythology and religion. Although winter was regarded as the season of dormancy, darkness and cold, the coming of lighter days after the winter solstice brought on a more festive mood. To many people, this return of the light was (and still is) a reason to celebrate nature’s cycle continuing.

You can find the 2013 Winter Solstice issue of the Thalweg by clicking here.

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