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DAM Crew group

Student Spotlight: A Geomorphologist in the Making

When the City of River Falls needed qualified people to provide ecological monitoring for their dam removal projects, UW-River Falls faculty and students stepped in to fulfill this community need. Thanks to a grant from the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin,…

Student Spotlight: Using Math to Improve Crop Yields

With a grant from the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, three undergraduates worked on the “The Crop Per Drop in Sandy Soils Project,” a collaborative partnership between UW-Stout faculty and Chippewa Valley Bean. Faculty and students at UW-Stout are developing mathematical…

Anna Qualls poster presentation at Lower Fox River Watershed Symposium

Aspiring Environmental Engineer Gets Hands-on Experience During High School Internship

For aspiring environmental engineer Anna Qualls gaining hands-on lab and field experience is an important part of her career path. A summer internship last year was exactly the jumpstart she was looking for. She conducted stream monitoring, fish surveying and…

Biology students measure the current in Little Niagra Creek.

Join Us at NCUR and Enter to Win an Award to Take a Summer Field Course

Are you passionate about the environment and water? Join us at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at UW-Eau Claire on Thursday, April 13. We’ll be hosting a special session and open house with UW System alumni and faculty who…

Audrey Hansen and Anna Williams with Ben Roys of Chippewa Valley Bean in field

Predicting the Life Story of a Kidney Bean

Most people don’t know it, but Wisconsin is home to the largest processor and exporter of kidney beans in the world: Chippewa Valley Bean in Dunn County. Kidney beans are a specialty crop, not yet farmed at the same scale…

DAM Crew group by dam

Dam Removal Project Opens Flow of Student Training and Community Collaboration

Flowing through the city of River Falls, the Kinnickinnic River is a class I trout stream that also is home to two dams that have generated the city’s hydroelectric power for decades. When the River Falls community decided to remove the…

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