Healthy Rivers Lecture Series

Our grant application to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been fully funded, establishing a Healthy Rivers Lecture Series! The intended audience for these lectures are members of the general community who are most interested in keeping our local rivers healthy: people who fish the rivers, paddle on them or just walk along the banks and enjoy them. Fishermen, in particular, could attend these lectures and learn things about the river and its fish to improve their success and enjoyment in river fishing.  All interested parties are welcome to attend these lectures and there is no charge for admission.  If you just click on Healthy Rivers Lecture Series in the black bar beneath the picture at the top of screen, it will take you to the lecture schedule and maps to direct you to the Neils Science Center.  We hope to see you there!

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River Restoration Totals for Academic Year 2011-2012

1,509 hours: the biggest year yet!

Congratulations & Thanks!

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Stream restoration dates for the Spring Semester:

Sunday,  March 24: Trout Hatchery at Elkhart Conservation Club

The Elkhart Conservation Club has placed 4 or 5 million Brown trout in local rivers and streams over the last five or six decades. They have yet to take their first nickel of taxpayer money from any local, state or federal agency! They are in a little bit of trouble this year because their hatchery needs some renovations and we need to check to river to see how our structures have over-wintered.

Saturday, April 13: Creek Ridge County Park

This will be a new location for the Biology Club.  It’s a 112 acre park with a good section of Trail Creek just south of Michigan City.  Details are still to be determined.  For a map and some pictures, go to: www.laportecountyparks.org/creekridge.html

After I post the dates, here’s what you do to attend:

How do I sign up to go on a restoration?
You don’t have to be a Bio Major or a student to attend, but you do have to register and sign a waiver.  Begin by sending Davis an e-mail (Grayson.Davis@Valpo.edu) telling him:
A) Your name or names;
B) Whether or not you can drive & how many you can carry
C) Any dietary requirement (Most religious, ethical or physiological dietary requirements can be accommodated. If not, I will let you know beforehand, and ask you to bring your own food. Fussy eaters will be ridiculed, unless I can have your pickles.)
If the list becomes too long, I will stop accepting names.

Meet:
We leave at 9 AM from Neils Science Center faculty parking lot (greenhouse side)

What to wear/bring:
rain gear (maybe), warm clothing (maybe), old shoes, long pants, high socks (take your shoes off, tuck your pants legs into your socks, step into your waders provided by Davis), Polaroids*, hat with a brim*, dry towel and change of clothing (The Buddy System: chances are if one person in three has a change of clothing, we will have enough for the few who do fall in.)
*If you have them, bring them; but don’t buy them just for this.

What not to bring:
Boom box, alcohol, pets

Major Hazards:
Poison ivy, sunburn, mosquitoes, dropping your cell phone in the creek.

What Davis provides:
Sun block, insect repellent, water, pop, Ice tea, sandwiches (or the like) for lunch, fruit, snacks, bratwurst (or the like) for dinner, zip lock baggies for cell phones, waders, equipment, supplies, maps, directions, encouragement, long & pointless stories and bad jokes.

When do we get back?
After dinner, usually before dark.

What if the doctor says I shouldn’t lift anything?
Then for goodness sakes, don’t lift anything! If you just stand and watch and learn about the river, then I count that as a valuable experience. If you can’t walk far, you can usually ride with Joe. He can’t walk far either.

Waivers:
These activities are not particularly hazardous, but every participant must sign a waiver. Knock on wood – no serious injuries so far.

Can my siblings, roommates, parents attend? They will/will not do river work.
Sure, if they sign a waiver. If they want to be fed, they had better sign up, too.

Drivers
Drivers must be safe drivers who obey all traffic regulations. For every FULL car of signed up STUDENT participants who stay the entire restoration, the Biology Club offers an expenses reimbursement check FOR STUDENT VOLUNTEERS ONLY. Depending on the numbers, we MAY reimburse ONE partially full car. For trips to Cobus Park, the amount will be $35. Send Davis an e-mail telling him who was in your car, and the date of the restoration. The checks will be ready about a week after the restoration and can be picked up in Davis office: Neils Science Center 303C. You have to sign a form saying you’ve been paid.

Can I meet you there?
Sure, if you sign a waiver. If you want to be fed, you need to sign up.

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Bio Club Meeting – Elect Officers for next year

The next meeting of the Biology Club will take place Monday, March 25 at 11:15 in NSC 224.  Important topics covered will include: officers for next year, potential dates for the upcoming stream restorations, how to sign up for and attend a stream restoration, and community service events planned by the Biology Club.

For $10 (Cheap!), you can join the A-Team of Hard-core River Runners by purchasing a Bio Club hat, T-shirt or book bag.

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