AWRI Newsletter #33: August 2004

As the summer field season winds down, and the fall semester cranks up, we can take stock of what has been a busy and productive summer. Rick Rediske's lab has been active with beach monitoring, nutrient analyses, and evaluation of sediment contamination. Don Uzarski's lab has been evaluating the ecological status of wetlands throughout the entire state. John Koches and the Information Services Group have been involved in mapping and analyzing land use change in west Michigan, implementing best management practices for improving water quality, and identifying and sampling wells in Mecosta County, to name but a few activities. Janet Vail has returned from another successful cruise on the W.G. Jackson to various ports of call around Lake Michigan, and continues her work on the air quality curriculum for middle school students in Michigan. Michael Chu has been working hard on hydrologic modeling of Little Black Creek in the Mona Lake watershed, and developing a Windows-based hydrologic model. Carl Ruetz is involved in a number of fish studies, with special focus on the invasive round goby. Bopi Biddanda and his lab have been analyzing the impact of land-based carbon runoff in our lakes, and they are continuing their work on deep sinkholes in Lake Huron. Al Steinman's lab has been looking at phosphorus release from sediments in local lakes and the primary productivity of algae in the lower Muskegon River. These are just a few of the projects that AWRI is involved in - these studies not only helped employ over 60 people this summer at the Institute, but also generated the science that will allow resource managers, elected officials, and policy makers to make informed natural resource management decisions for our region.

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