Friday, October 29, 2010
The first video(above), entitled "Testing Well Water for Microorganisms," explains a simple process of water testing to check for contaminants. The goal of the project is a methodology to find the source of the contamination.
In the second video, "A New Measure of Groundwater Flow," researchers experiment with pumping hot water into a well to determine the flow of the groundwater. The hot water will disperse more quickly if the water flow is quicker. Watch this video and others on University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute's YouTube channel.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The book jumps right in, reminding me of an action movie in which new ideas are constantly being brought to the table. Skloot keeps the reader’s attention, and is effectively able to interweave the strands of a story that she methodically gathered over several years. Comparisons she draws between the Lacks family's case and other pertinent health issues that have been brought to light over the years help the reader to become more informed about the medical field in general, giving this book much more of an appeal to the non-medical or non-scientist than previous books in the area may have had.
While I cannot say that I enjoyed this book, it was definitely more interesting than most of the non-fiction I encounter, and most people who I spoke with did recommend the book. Not only will it prompt your brain into action on several important issues, it will lead to thoughtful discussions with those who have read it.
Monday, October 25, 2010
NERRS Reserve Banner photo courtesy of www.nerrs.noaa.gov
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The forum, entitled “Today's Research Frontiers, Tomorrow’s Water Policy,” will focus on how to sustainably manage water resources through public policy. Audience participation will be encouraged during the day-long event with an engaging exercise in public policy-making. The agenda also includes breakout sessions hosted by a variety of topical specialists.
The goal of the Wisconsin Idea Forum is to promote Wisconsin residents' interaction with UW resources while engaging a diverse group of stakeholders in thinking about public policy and action planning for key state issues.
Photo courtesy of UW Milwaukee
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Alaska Sea Grant published "Field Guide to Seaweeds of Alaska" by Mandy R. Lindeberg and Sandra C. Lindstrom last month. Featuring color photos, and printed on water-resistant paper, this is the first book to contain more than 100 common seaweeds, seagrasses, and marine lichens of Alaska. Lindeberg is a biologist with the NOAA in Juneau, and Lindstrom is a professor at UBC.
Ohio Sea Grant is sponsoring a seminar on the impact of Lake Erie's aquatic invasive species on October 27th. Dave Kelch, associate professor and Sea Grant extension specialist, will explain how the lake's aquatic environment has changed on account of the most influential invasive species in Lake Erie. See the release for more information about the seminar. Last month Ohio Sea Grant also hosted a webinar, Climate Change and Public Health Impacts in the Great Lakes Region, which addressed health issues involved with climate change in the Great Lakes, ways for the health department to address climate change, and questions about the issue.
Image of Hook Lighthouse” by Lola Adolf courtesy of Atlanticville.com
Monday, October 18, 2010
For further reading on wetlands see the DNR's Wetlands Media Kit, or our recommended reading list, Protecting Our Wetlands. The WDNR release of Frank's statement is also available, here.
Photo courtesy of WDNR.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
For the majority of Wednesday's meeting, presentations were heard from representatives from the port, the Corps of Engineers, the Wisconsin DNR and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Members of the public brought up a few questions referred to in the article Timeline unclear on Cat Island restoration in Green Bay. A DNR fisheries biologist present at the meeting explained the benefits the project should have on aquatic life in Green Bay.
For further information see the UW SeaGrant article on the Cat Island Chain Restoration.
Image from UW SeaGrant
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
These are just some of the discoveries of a recent study, published in full-text by The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. Science Magazine also recently wrote a piece on the article called At the Smallest Scale, Water Is a Sloppy Liquid, which quotes UW Madison physical chemist James Skinner. This research has proven about water's molecular structure what other studies could only suggest.
Image Credit: Rao et al/The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
Our recommended reading lists are available on Great Lakes Travel Narratives from the Midwest and Exploring the World's Water.
Photo courtesy of WDNR by Todd Montgomery.
Monday, October 11, 2010
In light of these findings, EPA's Office of Water has launched a new Web clearinghouse called Lake Shoreland Protection Resources with information about protecting and restoring lake shorelands. It includes links to webcasts, fact sheets, videos and other resources. This is part of an outreach campaign to educate the public about NLA's findings.
More information for property owners is available through the Web clearinghouse or in the pdf "Shoreland Property: A Guide to Environmentally Sound Ownership." See our reading list for further reading on Coastal Community Planning & Development.
Photo of Yellow Birch Lake by Amy De Simone
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Image from the Upper Great Lakes Water Levels: St. Clair River summary report.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Experts who spoke at the symposium emphasized stronger leadership, more communication, better research, greater education and stiffer laws to help control food damage and reduce the loss of property and lives. They also identified a need to fundamentally reconsider how policymakers ask residents to share risk and responsibility, and the role of government in shaping those choices.
Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey website. Photo shows flooding in spring Green, Wisconsin (2008).