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Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone

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USA | 2019 | 70 minutes | Shelly Solomon

Among the successes of Seattle’s Thornton Creek Project, a neighborhood flood-control initiative, is the return of Chinook salmon to breed there, and this doc could offer a template for other communities’ climate-change efforts.


Join us on Saturday, June 8 for a free public screening of  Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone. Following the screening, director Shelly Solomon, will engage in an extended Q&A with members of NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Systems Design, and other of the project's key participants.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 | Seattle Central Library (1000 4th Ave. Seattle) | 2:00 PM

1:30 PM: Doors open
2:00 PM: Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone
3:20 PM: Extended Q&A 
4:00 PM: Post-Event Mingling

More information at SPL.org.


Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone is a story told over the course of four years. What began as the Thorton Creek Project—a neighborhood flood-control initiative—grew into something with a much greater effect. Because of the City of Seattle's involvement and community partnerships, these neighborhoods not only no longer flood annually, but the removal of pollutants in the water through natural processes has made the water healthier for wildlife. When a pair of Chinook salmon spawned in the creek, mere feet from their human neighbors, the success of Thornton Creek Project was fully realized. This pilot project has demonstrated a fresh new approach to Urban Land Use Planning, Stormwater Management, Water Quality Treatment, and Stream and Wildlife Habitat Restoration—all of which have implications for coping with the increasing effects of climate change—and continues to reveal its invaluable lessons. One thing is clear: Making an effort toward holistic approaches to heal our planet is key if we are going to overcome the environmental challenges faced by communities everywhere.

Director Biography
A resident of the Pacific Northwest, Shelly Solomon is a restoration biologist, an environmental filmmaker, and the founder of Leaping Frog Films, which is dedicated to positive environmental action. Solomon's films have received front-page coverage and been featured on NPR. Made in collaboration with her husband Kent Cornwell, Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone (2019) is Solomon's second feature documentary, following Ebb and Flow (2016).

Sponsored by 4Culture, City of Shoreline, Encore Media Group, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Shoreline Community College, Washington State Arts Commission, WatchGuard Technologies, Inc., Seattle Public Utilities 

  • Director: Shelly Solomon
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 70 minutes
  • Producer: Shelly Solomon
  • Screenplay: Kent Cornwell
  • Cinematographers: Shelly Solomon
  • Editors: Shelly Solomon
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Ebb and Flow (2016)
  • Language: English
  • Format: Digital