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Prairie Waters Education and Research Center


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Dr. Andre DeLorme, Director at Prairie Waters Education and Research Center, explains the goals, research , and educational opportunities the Center offers.

Dr. Andre DeLorme, Director at Prairie Waters Education and Research Center, explains the goals, research , and educational opportunities the Center offers.

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  • 1. The Prairie Waters Education and Research Center Valley City State University
  • 2. Goal • To establish a learning center dedicated to water education that serves a wide variety of clientele including students, teachers, and resource personnel.
  • 3. Introduction • We have started a Center that is a statewide resource for water education, research, and management. • Four main areas of emphasis: – Educational activities for K-12 students – Workshops for teachers – Professional workshops – House the VCSU Macroinvertebrate lab and involve college students in research, education, and outreach activities related to water
  • 4. The Site - Kathryn School
  • 5. Educational Activities for K-12 • Bring school groups to the Center for water education – Displays for the commons area – Classroom activities – Field trips to nearby resources • Outreach programs
  • 6. Center Use • In year one served approximately 900 k -12 students • Year two – app. 1320 • Year three – app 2000
  • 7. River Watch • Part of our mission is to oversee the River Watch program in ND • Gives high school students experience in taking water quality measurements in their local area • Currently working with 6 schools in North Dakota
  • 8. River Watch • We provide equipment: – YSI multiprobe sonde – Water sampling bottle – Hach Turbidimeter – Turbidity tube
  • 9. River Watch • Training – Calibrating equipment • Funding – Cover 60% of transportation and substitute teacher costs • Host River Watch Conference twice a year • Website for data
  • 10. River Watch • Current River Watch schools: – West Fargo High School – Sargent Central High School – Mayville Portland High School – Montpellier High School – Kensal High School – Hatton High School
  • 11. River Watch • In 2012 we had four River Watch schools present at the North Dakota Water Quality Monitoring Conference • We plan on several schools also presenting this spring at the 2014 NDWQM Conference
  • 12. Teacher Workshops • Provide a variety of workshops for teachers – River Watch training • Partner with other entities to provide workshops – ND Great Plains STEM Workshop – Fort Yates – North Dakota Geographical Alliance workshop – Project Wet workshops
  • 13. Professional workshops • Work with state agencies to facilitate their needs – Workshops for Soil Conservation District and NRCS personnel – In 2013 held two workshops entitled Water 101 •One at Prairie Waters •Other in Dickenson
  • 14. Professional workshops Working with the North Dakota Department of Health in developing Certification program for water quality monitoring • Held a workshop in May of 2013 that focused on water quality monitoring for rivers and streams
  • 15. Macroinvertebrate Lab – Student Research • Continue providing opportunities for undergraduate experiences and research – We do water quality measurements on Lake Ashtabula for the Army Corps of Engineers
  • 16. Macroinvertebrate Lab – Student Research • Do a variety of projects with the North Dakota Game and Fish – We currently do the Zebra Mussel sampling for North Dakota Game and Fish – -Summer of 2013 we did a search for an invasive species called the rusty crayfish – Have done various mussels surveys to examine water quality in the Sheyenne River
  • 17. Funding • VCSU • North Dakota Game and Fish Outreach • North Dakota Department of Health 319 grant
  • 18. Personnel • Dr. Andre DeLorme - Director • Bonita Roswick – Education Specialist • Louis Wieland – Lab Manager
  • 19. Questions?