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Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation


March 2020

World Water Day: The Perils of Plastic

March 19, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, 1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI
Plastic bottle floating in water.

The study of plastic pollution started in the worlds’ oceans, most famously focused on what has been called the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch.’ Despite a United Nations’ report suggesting that eighty percent of this oceanic debris came from land, very little research has focused upon freshwater systems even though they act as conduits from land to sea. Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason's research group was among the first to study plastic pollution within freshwater systems. The group's work started within the…

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July 2020

Aquatic Ecology Field Academy

July 20July 24
Northland College, 1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI
Northland College student taking a water sample.

Get experience in the critical skills of aquatic ecology using professional water testing equipment, conducting stream discharge measurements, and discussing ecological climate change adaptations and watershed restoration. You will wade inland waters to investigate lake ecology and identify macro invertebrates. And develop leadership and teamwork while learning boat safety skills and laboratory safety procedures. Get a taste of what it’s like to be an aquatic ecology field technician and learn water-resource management through Northland’s Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation.…

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