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Eagle Creek Reservoir

Spring rhymes with the beginning of the sampling season for CEES.

The season opening was supposed to start today but unfortunately the bad weather conditions did not allow us to sample Eagle Creek Reservoir. Due to strong wind gusts reaching 28 mph and a wind chill of 37F, the field trip was postponed to tomorrow.

FEH News

In collaboration with the continuing professional education program for the Indiana Association of Realtors, the FEH Team and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water, is developing a 3-hour continuing education course for Realtors on flood hazards. The course will be designed to be delivered around the state by Association's staff educators, and as an online course.

Pleasant Run Plantings

We anticipate that live stakes will arrive on March 18. The contractor is going to use the live stakes to replace some plantings that did not survive last year's drought, and to increase bank stability in some stream reaches.

Ohio River Basin Alliance Conference Postponed

We are sorry to report that the Ohio River Basin Alliance Conference has been postponed. Federal agencies are under strict travel restrictions as a result of the Sequester and are unable to attend the conference in March. The Alliance is tentatively rescheduling the conference for August 2013. We will post updates as we receive them. 

Taste-and-Odor Compounds in Drinking Water Supplies

CEES will attend the next Annual Indiana Lakes Management Society Conference on March 22-23, 2013 at Pokagon State Park in Angola, IN. Staff scientist Nicolas Clercin will present on Taste-and-Odor occurences in a Central Indiana water supply reservoir (Eagle Creek Reservoir) associated with resident blue-green algae.

Using LIDAR to improve fluvial erosion hazard (FEH) mapping

A major source of flood losses is damage to roads, bridges, and other infrastructure caused by fluvial or river erosion - where flood waters erode stream and river banks or even change course, shifting where they flow across the landscape.  A challenge working with fluvial systems has been predicting where a shift will occur.  We are developing a data fusion

FEH Presentations

Our first scheduled FEH presentation this year is at the Ohio River Basin Alliance Spring 2013 Conference (March 26-27) in Louisville, KY. This is the FEH team's first appearance at this forum and we are pleased to be part of the conference.

Pleasant Run Update

The CEES team is preparing to survey new channel cross-sections for the Pleasant Run Stream Corridor Naturalization Project to monitor how the channel and floodplain are developing.  The record drought of 2012 played havoc with plans for vegetating the newly-formed floodplains at Pleasant Run Golf Course.

Comprehensive 3-year watershed baseline data collection project draws to a close

As a partnering organization with the Eagle Creek Watershed Alliance (ECWA), the IUPUI-Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) has finished aiding in the completion of a second 319 grant as provided through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Geist Reservoir has an unwanted visitor that may never leave: the dreaded Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha)

Zebra mussels are very prolific breeders, with adult females producing anywhere from 30,000 to 1.6 million eggs per year. The zebra mussel is a filter feeder, with each adult capable of clearing the algae from a quart of water each day. A thousand zebra mussels can thus filter 250 gallons of water each day.

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