Ales & Ideas presents The Columbia River Estuary: Natural and Human Changes in the Past 150 Years

Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the next public event in the Ales & Ideas lecture series held in the Fort George Lovell Showroom, and featuring free multimedia presentations by members of the CCC faculty and staff.  Thursday, May 23rd the series presents The Columbia River Estuary: Natural and Human Changes in the Past 150 Years with Jon Graves, MS Oceanography. 

Dramatic changes have occurred in the lower Columbia River over time.  These include natural changes due to glaciation and earthquakes, but much of Jon’s talk will center on human caused changes over the last two hundred years.  The Columbia River estuary has lost about half the tidal wetlands since the Corps of Discovery spent the winter here.  Through lecture and review of navigational charts and satellite imagery, Jon will help audience members to more fully understand the dynamic nature of our local estuary.

Jon Graves moved to Astoria in 1991 to work as a Coastal Planner at the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce.  He grew up in New England and got his Master’s Degree from the College of Oceanography at Oregon State University.  Jon worked in coastal management at CREST until 1996 when he started working at the MERTS facility for Portland State University.  Jon continued working at MERTS for PSU and later OHSU until 2006 when he took a job at Clatsop Community College as a College/Career Advisor for the Talent Search pre-college program.  He is also an avid fisher and soccer fan.

Please join Jon and others for an engaging evening of inquiry into this important local topic.  The Fort George Lovell Showroom is located at 14th and Duane in Astoria. Doors open at 6:00 pm; event begins at 7:00pm.  Seasonal beers on tap, food and other beverages are available for purchase.  Minors are welcome.

Mark Your Calendar for Future CCC Events:

May 16 - Opening Reception: Art Student Show, CCC Art Center Gallery, 6pm
May 30 - RAIN Magazine Public Reading & Reception, NEW LOCATION Fort George Lovell Showroom, 6pm

Attached Images (2):

Jon Graves

Jon Graves standing in boat and holdig two crabs

Satellite image of Columbia River estuary, submitted image

Color satellite image of the Columbia River estuary

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