Jan. 23 — To the Editor:
A big thumbs up to Port City Makerspace for hosting a movie night fund-raiser to benefit the Hodgson Brook Restoration Project.
The movie “Lost Rivers” was shown to a large audience last Monday evening at Makerspace and raised an impressive amount of donations, which will be used this summer to install residential rain gardens in the watershed.
“Lost Rivers” tells the story of how, once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. We built houses along their banks. Our roads hugged their curves and their currents fed our mills and factories. But as cities grew, we polluted rivers so much that they became conduits for deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, which was the 19th century’s version of the Black Plague. Our solution two centuries ago was to bury rivers underground and merge them with sewer networks.
Today we are looking for ways to unearth rivers like Hodgson Brook in order to improve water quality and provide opportunities for wildlife and residents to enjoy them.
It was particularly wonderful to be able to show the movie at Makerspace, given that for the past 100-plus years, Hodgson Brook has been redirected through a large culvert directly under the building, so close yet so far from sunlight.
Bringing Hodgson Brook back to life will take years and a lot of commitment, but with the help of residents and businesses such as Makerspace, we are well on our way.
Hodgson Brook Watershed Coordinator