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Kate Poulos rides shop bike outside Little River Research & Design office

Steve’s wife, Kate, outside of our Carbondale office, riding an official shop bike.


Since 1992, Little River Research & Design has provided services in river science and conservation, including applied river geomorphology, biotechnical engineering, urban stream management, river ecosystem restoration and science education.

We’ll continue our outstanding river restoration and research work, but believe we can best help river ecosystems through education, so we’re focusing on our Emriver models, our array of videos, and other tools to show how rivers and river ecosystems work.

Steve’s blog, “Riparian Rap,” documents our daily challenges and lives in southern Illinois.

We speak English, Arabic, French, Italian, and Japanese.