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Engaging Next Generation WS - Dan Downing

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North Central Region One Water Action Forum

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Engaging Next Generation WS - Dan Downing

  1. 1. ENGAGING THE NEXT GENERATION OF WATERSHED STEWARDS ONE WATER ACTION FORUM INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA DEC. 11-13, 2018
  2. 2. ROSS RESERVOIR OBSERVER STUDENT SCIENTISTS • ENGAGING YOUTH IN HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM MONITORING • PARTICIPATORY EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING • PLACE BASED LEARNING • HANDS ON • ENGAGING WITH THE OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT LEARNING BY DOING
  3. 3. ROSS – BACKGROUND INFORMATION • REBECCA NORTH & EMILY KINZINGER • LAKES OF MISSOURI VOLUNTARY MONITORING PROGRAM/MU LIMNOLOGY LAB • TEAM REPRESENTING 5 OR MORE STATES – • CURRENTLY – KS, NE, MO • PENDING – WI, MN, IA • FUNDING FOR CURRICULUM & PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT • GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT
  4. 4. ROSS – THE PROGRAM • INITIATED AT ROCK BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL COLUMBIA, MO • STUDENT LEARN ABOUT LAKE ECOLOGY • STUDENTS TRAINED IN SAMPLE COLLECTION PROTOCOLS • STUDENTS COLLECT WATER SAMPLE • SAMPLES ARE SUBMITTED TO MU LIMNOLOGY FOR ANALYSIS • ANALYSIS PARAMETERS INCLUDE - TOTAL N, TOTAL P, CHLOROPHYLL A - AS A PROXY FOR PHYTOPLANKTON • CYANOTOXINS - MICROSYSTIN & CYLINDROSPERMOPSIN
  5. 5. ROSS – GOALS AND PRODUCT • STUDENTS ENGAGED IN SAMPLE COLLECTION • GENERATION OF HIGH QUALITY DATA • YEAR ROUND MONITORING/SEASON IMPLICATIONS • INTERACTION WITH SCIENCE EDUCATORS • QUANTIFY THE OCCURRENCE OF CYANOHABS AND CYANOTOXINS • EXAM OFF-SEASON CONDITIONS POTENTIALLY CONTRIBUTING TO HABS • PROJECT LEVERAGED TO SECURE ADDITIONAL FUNDING RESOURCES
  6. 6. TABLE ROCK LAKE APPROX. 2012

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