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Bat Festival at IUPUI a High Flying Success!

The 8th Annual Indiana Bat Festival was held on Saturday, Sept 13 at both IUPUI's Lecture Hall and Garfield Park.  With over 500 people in attendance, it was a great crowd for the festival's first time in Indianapolis!

Welcome to New Assistant Director: Jessica Davis

Greetings to all!  My name is Jessica Davis, and I'm the new Assistant Director of CEES.  As a native Hoosier, I'm incredibly excited for the opportunity to get involved in ecological research, education, and outreach in my hometown of Indianapolis.

Youth Farm Initiative

Saturday (Aug. 9) was the first day of the now weekly farm stand at Felege Hiywot Center, the result of the Youth Farm Initiative. Twelve farm workers were selected by interview to participate in the program focused on providing a hands-on experience in agriculture, ecology and entrepreneurship.  

Microcystins in Eagle Creek Reservoir

Citizens Water in partnership with CEES-IUPUI has been monitoring the water quality of Eagle Creek Reservoir that provides drinking water to the city of Indianapolis. Between 2009 and 2013, a total of 474 samples were analyzed for the detection of microcystins (cyanobacterial toxins) in the reservoir’s raw water.

School Branch

July was a busy month at the Center. Interest in the School Branch National Water Quality Initiative watershed continues to grow, and we were finalizing plans for instrumentation at the Starkey Farms Edge of Field sites, and working through the logistics of watershed sampling.

Edge of Field Monitoring in the School Branch Watershed

Last December we announced that we were building on over ten years of research in the Eagle Creek watershed by developing a long-term partnership to monitor water quality and quantity in School Branch, a small (8.4 mi2) subwatershed of the Eagle Creek Watershed. Last Friday we launched the project with a field tour of the project watershed.

FEH News

We try to avoid cross-posting on the CEES and FEH websites. CEES involvement in the Indiana Fluvial Erosion Hazard (FEH) Mitigation Program is most often discussed on the FEH website – but sometimes FEH projects are at the intersection of science, policy, and art, and then we want to share them with a broader audience. The CEES website is the place to do that.

IUPUI partnership improves health goals on Indy's Near Eastside

"Between spring 2011 and fall 2013, 80 students and 13 faculty members from 12 IUPUI degree-granting schools worked with 11 local nonprofits to accomplish 17 neighborhood research, technical assistance and internship projects -- all planned in collaboration with Near Eastside community members."

We're safeguarding the water you drink.

Indiana University Foundation article about taste and odor issues in Indiana. "We're safeguarding the water you drink."

http://imagine.iuf.indiana.edu/articles/spring14/safeguarding-water.html

Service Learning at Sodalis Nature Park April 5, 2014

Sodalis Nature Park has been dedicated to the protection of the Indiana bat otherwise known as Myotis sodalis. Service learning crews were asked to help clear the bat’s habitat of the invasive amur bush honeysuckle. The heaviest concentrations were in the floodplain areas.

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