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A series of talks on the lost creeks of Corvallis gets underway at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second Street.

The series will explore how the lost streams were discovered. Many homes, schools, churches, business and parks were built over these former streams.

Presenting at Thursday’s session will be Douglas Sackinger, geographic information systems manger for Benton County; Phil Sollins, OSU professor emeritus in forest ecosystems and soils; and Dave Eckert, water action team leader for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.

Sackinger will discuss his mapping of the creeks, Sollins will talk about how water works its way through urban soils and Eckert will show newly created watershed maps that show the creeks in the context of current land development.

The series will continue in June and will be held approximately every other month.

In addition to the Old World Deli talk, Eckert will lead a bike tour of three of the lost creeks at 6 p.m. May 11. To register for the tour or for more information on the series, email Eckert at deckert@willamettewatershed.com.

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