Grant will support freshman seminar on Baird Creek restoration
A new freshman seminar will study the grassroots, citizen-driven restoration of the nearby Baird Creek Parkway thanks to a $5,990 grant to Associate Prof. Mathew Dornbush, principal investigator, and the UW-Green Bay Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. The award is part of a larger grant made to the private Baird Creek Preservation Foundation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The Foundation says the subcontract to UW-Green Bay will be helpful in promoting further Baird Creek preservation and restoration. The seminar course to be led by Dornbush during the 2014-15 academic year will mix classroom and field work for the several dozen students, and include on-site activities coordinated by the Baird Creek citizen group. An aim of the project is to familiarize UW-Green Bay freshmen with this local success story and the potential benefits of citizen-initiated land-conservation efforts. It is also hoped the project will help Baird Creek Preservation Foundation develop an effective long-term strategy for recruiting new volunteers and members.
Howe gets $17,000 share of EPA grant for bay, river cleanup
Prof. Robert Howe and company in Natural and Applied Sciences are receiving a $17,550 share of a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant as apportioned by UW-Extension. The amount represents continued funding through June 2015 of the project “Explore and Restore: Catalyzing Delisting via Advisory Teams.” The project deals with ongoing Great Lakes restoration efforts, so-called Beneficial Use Impairments or BUIs, and the EPA-designated Areas of Concern or AOCs, which include several pollution hot spots on Lake Michigan and Green Bay. The work of principal investigator Howe and staff member and ES&P alumnus Annette Pelegrin involves the lower Fox River and bay of Green Bay, and the lower Menominee River. The UW-Green Bay portion of the grant will assist with citizen advisory board involvement and public education as teams evaluate whether the bay’s health has improved sufficiently to support delisting.