Lower Snake River waterfront designs presented by WSU students

line sketch of activities along Lower Snake River

PULLMAN, Wash. – Designs for the Lower Snake River waterfront have been developed by Washington State University landscape architecture students.

Students will present their work 1:30-5 p.m Wednesday, April 25, in Carpenter Hall, Room 412, on the WSU Pullman campus, and 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Lewiston Library, 411 D Street in Lewiston. The designs will be exhibited at the Lewiston Library for two months.

As part of the semester-long, service-learning course, the third-year students researched and analyzed the waterfront. Their projects were guided by stories and ecologies of the regional landscape.

“The students’ work is important for the community because it invites citizens of Lewiston and the region to boldly imagine possible futures for the waterfront and to contemplate the long-term health of the landscape and the inhabitants who are part of this place,” said Jolie Kaytes, associate professor in the School of Design and Construction.

The students interacted with multiple individuals and organizations throughout the semester to develop their design ideas. This included Save our Wild Salmon, the Nez Perce Tribe, the City of Lewiston, Port of Whitman County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Pacific Northwest Farmers Co-op, Lewiston residents, a fourth-generation wheat farmer, WSU and University of Idaho faculty specializing in riparian and salmon ecology, and a watershed restoration specialist.

“All of the designs consider change over time and seek to foster opportunities for the Lewiston community to meaningfully connect with the Snake River” Kaytes said.



  • Jolie Kaytes, associate professor, School of Design and Construction, 335.7331, jolie@wsu.edu

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