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Service Learning at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve October 26

A close-up of our culprit

On October 26, the CEES service learning team re-visited Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. It was a cold and cloudy day but still many gathered to clear the invasive bush honeysuckle from the area fronting the main drive into the park. The north side of the lane was wooded while the south side lead to a wide open grassland.

Partners in Environment (PIE) Day October 25, 2013 at Cold Spring School

Cold Spring is an Environmental Magnet School within IPS. Every year, students complete projects and attend special workshops completely focused on the environment. This year, the Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) was pleased to be able to take part in this year’s festivities.

Service Learning at Fort Harrison State Park October 11, 2013

Circled Area is Delaware Picnic Area

On Friday, Oct. 11 the service learning team arrived once again at Fort Harrison State Park. In the previous blog, we talked about the methods employed to remove bush honeysuckle from the Delaware Picnic Area. The map at the top of the screen shows the area that has been the subject of what are now four service learning projects at Fort Harrison State Park.

Service Learning at Ritchey Woods Natural Area September 27

Researchers, interns and students gathered Friday September 27, to participate in service learning projects at Ritchey Woods Natural Area. Ritchey Woods is 130 acres of natural area near 96th Street. It is a current restoration project monitored by CEES. Projects lasted half a day with as many as 30 participants per project.

Rivers of the Anthropocene

On January 23-25, 2014, CEES is co-sponsoring an international and interdisciplinary three-day workshop / symposium in Indianapolis, IN. Scientists will convene at IUPUI from across the United States and Europe as part of Phase I of this interdisciplinary research project.

Watershed Model at the Regatta

IUPUI was home once again to the annual Regatta race on the Canal in downtown Indianapolis. As a part of the School of Science, the Center for Earth and Environmental Science was invited to be a part of the celebration and bring a demonstration for the attendees to enjoy. We naturally chose the most entertaining and interactive program in our arsenal: the watershed model.

ASFPM Conference

The Indiana FEH team recently participated in a special group presention on fluvial hazards at the 2013 Annual Convention of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (AFSPM) in Hartford, CT. For the first time, three states, Indiana, Vermont, and Washington, discussed their states approach to fluvial hazard mitigation at a national conference.

Eagle Creek Reservoir Treatment

Due to elevated concentrations of taste-and-odor compounds these past two weeks in the raw water, the local water company has decided to treat Eagle Creek Reservoir with an algaecide today in order to remove Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that are responsible of the smelly water.

River Assessment

I am back from the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV. I went there to participate in a Rosgen Level III shortcourse on river assessment and monitoring. The course is hosted at the NCTC by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

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