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School Branch Update

In August we wrote that we were making significant progress on the Starkey Farms Edge of Field sampling, and the School Branch National Water Quality Initiative. Shortly after that post we identified some additional funding needs that slowed our progress.

Edge of Field Project Starting Soon

A new project is getting ready to start at CEES: Edge of Field.  Led by Dr.

The Indianapolis Prize

On Saturday, September 27, I had the privilege of attending the 2014 Indianapolis Prize Gala at the JW Marriott, which honored Dr. Patricia C. Wright, the 2014 Indianapolis Prize Winner.

Service Learning at Eagle Creek Park

On September 13, Indy Parks and our service learning team removed several invasive species from Eagle Creek Park. The two we found in most abundance were privet hedge and burning bush. Both were landscaping plants that escaped into natural habitats. These plants have the ability to colonize fast and quickly create a monoculture in an otherwise diverse woodland.

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.

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