14th annual Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program Symposium, Wednesday

The 14th annual Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in the Phoenix Rooms in the University Union. UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich will give the keynote address. Students from four Northeast Wisconsin High Schools who are taking part in an ongoing study of the health of the Fox River, will share their watershed monitoring results with faculty researchers, beginning about 9:55. The program is a collaboration between UW-Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin high schools, with a goal of increasing the amount and quality of long-term watershed data to guide resource management decisions and help predict impacts on the ecosystem. The public is invited. Schools and their presentations:

  • “Using ArcGIS to Investigate Potential Contributions of Phosphorous to Duck Creek,” Green Bay Southwest High School
  • “Possible Source of Runoff at Spring Brook,” Oshkosh Lourdes High School
  • “Effects of Land Use Over Time on Contaminant Levels of the Apple Creek Watershed (nitrates, ammonia, phosphates, pH, and dissolved oxygen levels),” Appleton North High School
  • “Topics of Concern in the Lower Fox River Watershed (videos),” Pulaski High School

Northeast Wisconsin High School Students to Share Insights on Health of the Fox River with UW-Green Bay Researchers

GREEN BAY – Students from four Northeast Wisconsin High Schools who are taking part in an ongoing study of the health of the Fox River will share their watershed monitoring results this week with faculty researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay during the University’s 13th Watershed Symposium.

The symposium, taking place on Wednesday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Room in the University Union, brings together the high school students 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 program is a collaboration between UW-Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin high schools, with a goal of increasing 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.

Among the highlights of the annual event is the opportunity for high schools to share reports on the monitoring project in their local community. Student reports include:

  • “Duck Creek Data Goes International”—Duck Creek Team, Green Bay Southwest High School
  • “Spring Brook Habitat Effects on Animal Life”—Spring Brook Team, Oshkosh North High School
  • “The Effects of Nitrates and Phosphates on Dissolved Oxygen and Biodiversity in a Flowing System”—Apple Creek Team, Appleton North High School
  • “Public Awareness” (video)—Trout Creek Team, Pulaski High School

Additionally, participating schools will display research posters related to their monitoring work. The Symposium opens with a keynote presentation by Erin Wilcox, Water Resource Specialist at NEW Water (Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District). Wilcox worked as a research specialist for six years at the Great Lakes Water Institute and is familiar with the issues facing the Fox River and the Great Lakes.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Whitney Passint at UW-Green Bay, (920) 465-5031.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration (outside Phoenix Room B)
  • 8:45 a.m. Special guest speaker, Erin Wilcox
  • 9:45 a.m. Break
  • 9:55 a.m. Student presentations
  • 10:25 a.m. Bobbie Webster on “Wequiock Creek”
  • 10:30 a.m. Student poster session and UWGB student organizations
  • 11:00 a.m. Lunch (Phoenix Room B & C)
  • 11:30 a.m. Rotating sessions: Point of Au Sable tour, Birding with Bob and Quiz Bowl

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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.

UW-Green Bay grad students will describe Cat Island research


The keynote presentation at Tuesday’s watershed symposium will take place from 9:15 to 10 a.m. in the Union’s Phoenix Room. Chelsea Gunther, Jesse Weinzinger and Tom Prestby — graduate students in Environmental Science and Policy — will describe their research work involving the restoration of the Cat Island Chain in the lower bay. 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.

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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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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More news coverage: Monitoring program featured on WFRV, Channel 5

WFRV, Channel 5 on Wednesday (May 8) carried a cool story on our own Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program. Reporter Heather Sawaski tagged along with a group of West De Pere High School students as they conducted water testing on Ashwaubenon Creek. “Our overall goal here is to just watch and monitor and try to protect our most valuable natural assets, the Fox River and the bay of Green Bay,” program coordinator Annette Pelegrin of UW-Green Bay said of the testing, which checks things such as clarity, PH levels and depth. In its 10th year, the watershed program also recently held its annual symposium on campus. We’ve linked to the Channel 5 story, as well as a photo gallery from that event (and the larger Environmental Management and Business Institute Green Innovations Symposium).

A Green Innovations reminder, and more on Tuesday’s watershed event

And speaking of Earth Day, here’s a friendly reminder that the Environmental Management and Business Institute will host its annual Green Innovations Symposium Monday through Wednesday, April 22-24, here on campus. We’ve linked to more general information about this year’s conference below, and we’ve also got a fresh news release on the 10th annual Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program Student Watershed Symposium (say that five times fast). Our friends with EMBI and the watershed program have put together a terrific lineup for this year’s event.

The details: Green Innovations Symposium / Fox River Watershed Monitoring Symposium