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Lawrence Journal World Compilation

From September 2006
Lawrence Journal-World / Sediment growing problem at Clinton

From May 2006
Lawrence Journal-World / Water district expansion concerns officials

From October 2003
Lawrence Journal-World / Group fears for future of safe drinking water

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Dragonfly Messenger

This is the beginning of a collection of articles about water in Kansas and beyond.

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Last weekend, in honor of Earth Day, several thousand people enjoyed a beautiful afternoon around the gazebo in Lawrence’s South Park. Amid music and moon walks, several dozen friends and neighbors shared their watery expertise through a series of fun-filled activities. Hundreds of people did everything from finding their watershed address on a giant map of Lawrence to running a storm water obstacle course, complete with pancake syrup oil and faux dog poo. The City of Lawrence provided souvenir backpacks for folks who made it through the entire loop of activities.

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4/11/07 Franklin County EARTH Festival
We worked an event at the fairgrounds in Ottawa today. It was cold, and rainy, but mostly cold. Somewhere around 140 blue-lipped, shivering 6th & 7th graders came through.

*There were a few rotations where the kids didn’t add in a stream channel and made a series of ponds and impoundments instead. This was new. I’m not sure what was different except that we used straight top soil, fresh from the bag… 7 -40lb bags straight from Dillons. It was granular (pebble/sandy sized pieces) and moist but still challenging to get it to hold a form. We sponge squeezed water onto the tables here and there and by the end of the day it was packing a little better. The cold really kept kids from going full force into the sculpting.

*The other noticeable difference in their approach is that there was a trend to focusing on each table as a unique community. Cooperation was happening in table groups as opposed to pairs of students or singletons. This happened in the groups of 15 or so. The larger groups of 25 were actually composites of students from 2 different schools. A couple of times this seemed to be a sore spot…the schools are set to be merged next year. However, I didn’t notice there being anything unusual about the way these groups functioned at the tables.

*The amount of workspace the students in the larger groups had was challenging. The tables were 6 ft, we used a T figuration. That’s 36 feet of frontage (6 ft + 2 ft + 3 ft + 6 ft + 2 ft+ 6 ft + 3 ft + 2 ft + 6 ft). The bigger the kids are the more frontage we need. The sets of 25 kids weren’t anywhere near as satisfying as the sets of 15ish kids. I guess a rule of thumb is to have at least 2 feet of frontage for middle school groups.

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What’s a Mudscape?

a lot of mud

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past events

here there and everywhere

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2007 Workshop Description

The Basic Stream Assessment Workshop model was developed as a profession short course in the practical application of stream ecology concepts. Topics include stream health factors, watershed mechanics, sampling procedures, and implementation strategies. Instruction is provided by a team of specialists in the fields of program development and implementation, environmental education, water quality protection, aquatic biology, geomorphology, and chemical assessment.

The experience is consistent with a professional academic field course as opposed to a themed series of peer-based conference presentations. However, the workshop is structured in a “community of learners” fashion to take advantage of participant diversity. Participants should complete the workshop with a stronger technical skill set, and a plan for implementing a stream assessment program as part of a strategy for reaching broader environmental goals.

Christine Boller, StreamLink Program Director, is the primary contact for the 2007 Workshops. See below for more information about workshop partners.

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