Below The Surface (BTS) announced today the launch of their interactive Riverview Project, the core program of BTS in the coming years. This initiative is a major leap forward in protecting America’s rivers through a permanent photographic record of the current conditions of America’s waterways. This heritage project will help guide generations to come in their use and stewardship of rivers and drinking water by providing a visual benchmark of the current state of the nation’s water.
The main focus of the Riverview Project is to provide panoramic photos and videos of America’s most imperiled rivers. It is, essentially, Google’s Streetview for the nation’s waterways. Below the Surface’s co-founder Jared Criscuolo says “the Riverview Project represents a major step forward for protecting our rivers. It allows Below the Surface and the greater environmental movement, along with water management leaders, to leverage social media and cutting edge photographic techniques to create the opportunity for anyone, anywhere to explore rivers. We hope this effort will compound social exposure to water issues and the conditions along rivers, and to inspire stewardship of these critical resources both now and among future generations.”
Below the Surface is working with the following partners, who without their collaboration or funding the Riverview Project would be made possible: United States Geological Survey (USGS), Immersive Media, Surfrider Foundation, and the Clif Bar Family Foundation.
“We’re extremely excited to cooperate with Below the Surface in order to help produce and make accessible 3D photography for as many streams as possible,” says Katherine Lins, Chief, Office of Water Information for USGS.
Below the Surface is also being featured in the December 2011 issue of Outside Magazine as part of its “Reader of the Year” initiative. Below The Surface founders Jared Criscuolo and Kristian Gustavson are being honored as the 2011 “Readers of the Year.” As part of the initiative, Criscuolo and Gustavson will blog about the Riverview Project on the Outside site, Outsideonline.com, detailing their progress throughout the year. In support of Beneath The Surface, Outside Magazine is also providing a free subscription to supporters of BTS who pledge a donation of $50 or more via the BTS site through December 2011. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and ways to sponsor and contribute to the project.