Meredith Kroeger

Components:

The components of this internship involved severely diverse areas. First, we received training on urban watersheds from the North East Ohio Regional Sewer District in order to help implement a curriculum in local area high schools. Next, an institute called Igniting Streams of Learning in Science (ISLS) was held as a non-residential educational program for the local area high school students. Thirdly, post-institute data analysis was done to look at the impact of ISLS over the years and publish research in order to apply for a grant that would fund these future institutes. Fourthly, construction of wetlands over at the James Barrow Field Station, which is part of Hiram College, was performed in order to help improve the environment and restore current wetlands to better quality. Lastly, a service project of sustainable gardening was done in order to educate the public about practices that could be implemented in their own homes that would improve our local area watershed.

ISLS Components

Prior to the institute, there was a brief training period in which everyone was educated on the various protocols that were going to be performed during the institute. The institute itself was an eight day non-residential program held between the Cleveland Metroparks and Camp Corde, which are located in the Big Creek watershed. Local high schools brought students and teachers to be educated on how to sustain the environment and perform the protocols listed below. After the institute, data was collected for future research and grant proposals:

 
  1. Stream Morphology
  2. Invasive Species
  3. Laser Leveling
  4. Remote Sensing
  5. Stream Snapshot
    1. Macroinvertibrates
    2. Fish Electroshocking
    3. Mapping
    4. Water Chemistry
    5. Habitat
  6. ORAM (Ohio Rapid Assessment Method)
  7. PHWH (Primary Headwater Habitat)
  8. VLRAP (Vacant Lot Rapid Assessment Protocol)
  9. BHEI (Bank Erosion Hazard Index)
  10. QHEI (Quality Habitat Evaluation Index)
  11. Telemetry
Wetlands Components

The James Barrow field station contains five man-made wetlands that are in need of restoration in order to make sure they are useful to the environment. The construction and maintenance of these wetlands allow for a better quality watershed and environment at the field station.

Activities

The main activity to highlight is the curriculum implementation that the high school students are going to help perform. The Brooklyn School District will receive a tax credit if 25% of their students in each school receive education on the watershed. All three schools need to be involved so three curricula needs to be developed. The actual work has not gone in to this yet but the students are very motivated to begin education in their community.

Skills Developed
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Motivation
  • Delegation
  • Compilation
  • Innovation
  • Negotiation

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