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Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Last update: 3/14/08
For Immediate Release:
High school students, others to report on Fox watershed
High school groups making presentations on specific monitoring topics include Appleton East, Green Bay Southwest, and West De Pere and Green Bay East. UW-Green Bay student Zach Zopp will report on his research on "Environmental Effects on Pond Microclimates in the Cofrin Arboretum." UW-Milwaukee Prof. Tim Ehlinger will speak on "Biological Monitoring of the Lower Fox River Watershed." Ehlinger is the principal investigator for the monitoring program.
Other high schools participating in the symposium are Green Bay Preble and Oshkosh North. Each school will present a summary of four years of monitoring data on their assigned streams. Streams being monitored through the study include Baird Creek (Luxemburg-Casco and Green Bay Preble), Duck Creek (Green Bay Southwest), Ashwaubenon Creek (West De Pere and Green Bay East), Apple Creek (Appleton East), and Spring Brook (Oshkosh North).
The students and university and agency researchers also will have a poster session to share their research.
The watershed monitoring program, initiated with a grant from Arjo Wiggins Appleton, will provide data that can be used to make resource decisions to improve water quality and restore habitats in the Fox River Basin.
High school involvement gives students the opportunity to learn to how to do scientific research in the field and also fosters community stewardship and understanding of land use impacts on water quality. High school student-teacher teams monitor the streams three times a year for water quality and other characteristics, and monitor amphibians, birds, macroinvertebrates, and stream habitat annually.
In addition to the schools, program partners include the Oneida Nation, the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District and the U.S. Geological Survey in Madison. The watershed monitoring program is directed by UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich.
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