Great Meadow in Acadia National Park flooded this winter, and the floodwaters froze solid enough for ice skating between the trees. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Hydrologist to explain Great Meadow flooding

BAR HARBOR — Brian Henkel will talk about the circumstances that led to ice covering nearly 100 acres of Acadia National Park this winter when he visits the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m.

In January, a combination of unusual weather extremes and hydrologic conditions led to flooding and freezing of the Great Meadow. Henkel will provide an overview of the basic hydrologic and hydraulic principles needed to understand the flooding events and the meteorological conditions that contributed to a frozen meadow-forest.

Henkel is a civil engineer hydrologist working in groundwater and surface water hydrology for more than 15 years, as well as the projector coordinator at Wild Acadia. The Wild Acadia initiative is a partnership among Acadia National Park, Friends of Acadia and Maine Natural History Observatory that takes a watershed-based approach to improve degraded ecological conditions in and around Acadia National Park. The partnership works collaboratively with stakeholders such as university faculty and students, local towns and other conservation nonprofits to collect data, assess conditions and coordinate efforts to improve ecological integrity, increase resilience and maintain cultural authenticity.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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