Tag: Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program

Meyer Theatre concert a fundraiser for UWGB watershed monitoring


On Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., the Meyer Theatre will host Rock Our Water, a first-ever concert fundraiser featuring fun, music and proceeds benefitting the UW-Green Bay watershed monitoring partnership with local high schools as well as other water-resources work in the Green Bay area. The Rock Our Water event will feature music by Bill Staines, Dead Horses, and special guest and host Cory Chisel. Organizers invite you to spread the word with all your family, friends, and peers that support the goals of healthy community and clean water. Feel free to contact Whitney Passint, the outreach coordinator for the UWGB watershed partnership, for more information or questions about tickets to the Rock Our Water Event. To purchase tickets. Visit the Facebook page.

High schools to share research at Tuesday’s watershed symposium

Nearly 100 students and teachers from participating Northeastern Wisconsin high schools will spend the day on the UW-Green Bay campus Tuesday (April 14) for the 12th annual Student Watershed Symposium. The symposium brings together the high schoolers and UW-Green Bay faculty researchers who partner on monitoring the health of the Fox River basin through the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program. The day’s activities run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with the morning presentations in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union free and open to the public. In the afternoon, participating students will have the opportunity to tour the Richter Museum and Fewless Herbarium, take part in a frog-monitoring workshop, and compete in a quiz bowl.

Among the featured high school presentations:
Duck Creek Team: Website — Students from Green Bay Southwest H.S. have created a website for their science club that showcases their involvement with LFRWMP.
Trout Creek Team: Public Awareness — Students from Pulaski H.S. have created videos promoting public awareness on issues such as nutrient pollution, dead zones, PCB cleanup and northern pike restoration.
Spring Brook Team: Nitrates by the Stream — Students from Oshkosh North H.S. have investigated the cause of high nitrate levels in “their” stream, and contacted landowners near the brook to identify potential sources.
Ashwaubenon Creek: Frogs, Their Importance and Why We Monitor — An introduction to frogs and their importance to watershed ecosystems by Green Bay East H.S. student Jermaine Toliver-Marx.

For more, see the full news release.

Students to share research April 14 at annual Fox River Watershed symposium

Nearly one hundred students and teachers from participating Northeastern Wisconsin high schools will spend the day on the UW-Green Bay campus Tuesday, April 14, for the 12th annual Student Watershed Symposium.

The symposium brings together the high schoolers and UW-Green Bay faculty researchers who partner on monitoring the health of the Fox River basin through the initiative known as the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program. The day’s activities run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with the morning presentations in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union free and open to the public. In the afternoon, participating students will have the opportunity to tour UW-Green Bay’s Richter Museum of Natural History and Fewless Herbarium, take part in a frog-monitoring workshop, and compete in a quiz bowl.

Among the highlights of the annual event is the opportunity for the high schools to share reports on their respective monitoring projects. The list of student presentations for Tuesday:

Duck Creek Team: Website — Students from Green Bay Southwest H.S. have created a website for their science club that showcases their involvement with LFRWMP.
Trout Creek Team: Public Awareness — Students from Pulaski H.S. have created videos promoting public awareness on issues such as nutrient pollution, dead zones, PCB cleanup and northern pike restoration.
Spring Brook Team: Nitrates by the Stream — Students from Oshkosh North H.S. have investigated the cause of high nitrate levels in “their” stream, and contacted landowners near the brook to identify potential sources.
Ashwaubenon Creek: Frogs, Their Importance and Why We Monitor — An introduction to frogs and their importance to watershed ecosystems by Green Bay East H.S. student Jermaine Toliver-Marx.

Additionally, participating schools will also display research posters related to their monitoring work. Topics include testing that shows Ashwaubenon Creek’s clay bottom, among other factors, limits its suitability for crustaceans and other beneficial species; research indicating Dutchman’s Creek has water quality and habitat deficiencies that keep fish from thriving; and an analysis of upstream watershed improvement projects affecting Trout Creek.

The symposium opens with a keynote presentation by Chelsea Gunther, Jesse Weinzinger and Tom Prestby — graduate students in UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Science and Policy master’s degree program — in which they’ll describe their research work involving the restoration of the Cat Island Chain in the lower bay just off the mouth of the Fox River. Following completion of protective islands and dikes intended to support better wetland and shallow-water habitat, Gunther and Weinzinger are finding evidence of increased aquatic plant diversity, and Prestby is documenting the return of migratory shorebird populations.

The main goal of the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program is to increase the amount and quality of long-term watershed data to guide resource management decisions and help predict impacts on the ecosystem. It also is designed to enhance student, teacher and community understanding and stewardship of the watershed. Partner high schools are Appleton East, Appleton North, Ashwaubenon, Green Bay East, Green Bay Preble, Green Bay Southwest, Luxemburg-Casco, Oneida Nation, Oshkosh North, Pulaski and West De Pere.

Both the symposium and Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program are partially supported by donations from Windward Prospects Ltd. (formerly Arjo Wiggins Appleton Ltd.) and Nicolet National Bank, and the sponsorship of the UW-Green Bay Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit and the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity.

For more information, contact Whitney Passint at UW-Green Bay by phone at (920) 465-5031. A complete schedule for the day and additional detail on the projects is available.

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Annual Student Watershed Symposium is April 14

The UW-Green Bay campus will host the 12th annual Student Watershed Symposium on Tuesday, April 14, as part of the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program. The Symposium brings together the teachers, students and faculty at UW-Green Bay who monitor the health of watersheds in the Lower Fox River Basin. This year more than 90 teachers and students from area high schools will participate in the daylong event. We’ll have more details and a link to the full news release in our next issue.

Watershed program receives “Green Gift” boost for monitoring, education

UW-Green Bay’s Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program (LFRWMP) has received a $2,600-plus gift from Cellcom, thanks to the company’s cellphone recycling “Green Gift” program. LFRWMP Outreach and Education Coordinator Annette Pelegrin was on hand Tuesday (Nov. 4) morning for the check presentation during a West De Pere High School Biology class. The Cellcom gift will support the efforts of the LFRWMP to collaborate with area high schools to couple watershed education with the long-term collection of high-quality scientific data. “Our program strengthens citizen knowledge of issues impairing the health of our fresh water resources and inspires community stewardship of the Fox-Wolf River Basin and Green Bay,” Pelegrin said. “Additionally, we provide innovative hands-on environmental science opportunities for students and add to a body of scientific data about our watersheds.” Click here for a photo and additional information.

Watershed monitoring program receives $2,600-plus “Green Gift” from Cellcom

top-story-watershedUW-Green Bay’s Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program received $2,679 from Cellcom Tuesday (Nov. 4), accepting the “Green Gift” donation as part of the company’s cellphone recycling program.

LFRWMP Outreach and Education Coordinator Annette Pelegrin was on hand for the check presentation, which took place during a morning Biology class at West De Pere High School. The program is a network of Northeastern Wisconsin high school teachers and students who collaborate with UW-Green Bay scientists on a long-term watershed monitoring program, coupling watershed education with the collection of high-quality scientific data. The Cellcom Green Gift will support these efforts, officials said.

“Our program strengthens citizen knowledge of issues impairing the health of our fresh water resources and inspires community stewardship of the Fox-Wolf River Basin and Green Bay,” Pelegrin said. “Additionally, we provide innovative hands-on environmental science opportunities for students and add to a body of scientific data about our watersheds.”

A total of $32,000 was given out to 26 green organizations in Cellcom’s service area, officials said. The company has offered cellphone recycling since 2004 and the Green Gift program since 2010. Through the program, Cellcom donates its recycling funds to environmentally minded area nonprofits.

More information about the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program is available online

Tuesday’s Watershed Monitoring conference was a welcome-home

Just eight years ago, as a Green Bay high school student, Allison Thut helped monitor Baird Creek as part of the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program. She went on to earn her bachelor’s at UW-Green Bay in 2011, and to land a job as a teacher at Pulaski High School. At Tuesday’s LFRWMP workshop on campus, Thut returned, this time as one of the local educators guiding their own students taking part in the regional water quality collaboration. See more.
 

Go Green: Thut has full-circle experience with watershed monitoring

thut-top-storyJust eight years ago Preble High School student Allison Thut worked with teacher Chris Hansel and a team of other students to monitor Baird Creek as part of the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program(LFRWMP).

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Less than a decade later, Hansel and Thut are now peers, and Thut, a science teacher at Pulaski High School, works with her own students (above) to monitor Trout Creek with a teacher and students from Oneida High School. Hansel(pictured) continues to lead the program for Preble.

Annette Pelegrin, UW-Green Bay’s Watershed Outreach and Education Specialist and coordinator of the annual Watershed Symposium today (April 8, 2014) said it is great to see high school participants maintain continuity and passion for the program at a professional level.

“Allison (who graduated from UWGB in 2011) has passion and experience with water quality because for three summers she worked as an intern on the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewage District research vessel that monitors water quality in Green Bay (relating to the recent Green Bay Dead Zone stories),” Pelegrin said. “The program has come full circle!”

More than 90 teachers and students from 11 area high schools participated in the 11th annual daylong symposium, which allows students to share their findings about improving stream health with professional researchers in water quality fields. Highlights include student presentations and poster sessions in the morning, an afternoon tour of the UW-Green Bay campus (including a trip to the Richter Museum of Natural History) and a special “Birding with Bob” campus field trip featuring UW-Green Bay’s nationally renowned ornithologist, Prof. Robert Howe.

The keynote speaker for the event was UW-Green Bay alumnus Dan Cibulka ‘09, an aquatic ecologist with the environmental management firm Enterra, LLC.

Students will share research at annual Fox River Watershed Symposium

Students from area high schools will display and discuss their research at UW-Green Bay on Tuesday, April 8, part of the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program.

The program’s 11th annual Watershed Symposium will highlight results from watershed monitoring in our area and will provide an opportunity for students to interact with teachers and professional scientists. The event, which runs from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (complete schedule available online) is free and open to the public.

More than 90 teachers and students from 11 area high schools will participate in the daylong symposium, which allows students to share their findings about improving stream health with professional researchers in water quality fields. Highlights include student presentations and poster sessions in the morning, an afternoon tour of the UW-Green Bay campus (including a trip to the Richter Museum of Natural History) and a special “Birding with Bob” campus field trip featuring UW-Green Bay’s nationally renowned ornithologist, Prof. Robert Howe. The keynote speaker for the event is UW-Green Bay alumnus Dan Cibulka ‘09, an aquatic ecologist with the environmental management firm Enterra, LLC.

The program’s main goal is long-term monitoring of the watershed to provide high-quality data to guide resource management decisions and help predict impacts on the ecosystem. It also is designed to enhance student, teacher and community understanding and stewardship of the Fox River Watershed.

Attendees are asked to register by contacting Annette Pelegrin by phone (920-465-5031) or email. For more information about the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program, and to view school research posters.

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UW-Green Bay to host annual student watershed symposium

Annette Pelegrin shares word that the 11th Annual Student Watershed Symposium —  part of the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program — will take place on campus next Tuesday, April 8. More than 90 teachers and students from 11 area high schools will participate in the daylong event. The symposium allows students to share their findings about improving stream health with professional researchers in water quality fields. Highlights include student presentations and poster sessions in the morning, and an afternoon tour of the UW-Green Bay campus, the Richter Museum, and a special campus field trip “Birding with Bob” featuring our own nationally renowned ornithology professor Robert Howe. The keynote speaker is UW-Green Bay alumnus Dan Cibulka, an aquatic ecologist with environmental management firm Enterra, LLC. The Watershed Symposium is free and open to the public. To register, contact Pelegrin at (920) 465-5031 or pelegria@uwgb.edu.