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This guide was developed for use by UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students to assist in their pursuit of water research. Water is a cross-disciplinary topic so many types of resources are provided in the fields and departments of Agriculture, Biochemistry, Ecology, Food Science, Education, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Environmental Science and more.
This Water Research Guide was developed with the help of Jennifer Champoux, Amy De Simone and Peter Rudrud.
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Does Beach Redesign Resolve Contamination Problems?
Measuring Water Quality for an Improved Day at the Beach
By Aaron R. Conklin
When you visit a Wisconsin beach, the last thing you’re likely thinking about is how it’s been designed. You see the water, you see the sand and you begin to look for a perfect place to lay your towel down and go for a swim.
Beach design is, by contrast, the first thing Greg Kleinheinz sees. What’s the drainage situation? Why is that stormwater pipe there? Man, there are a lot of gulls on this beach.
Over the last few years, there’s been an increased amount of attention paid to beach health in Wisconsin, a state that was just named as having the 8th worst beach-water quality in America by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But while water quality at public beaches in Wisconsin has been monitored under the BEACH Act since the early 2000s, there’s also been a missing piece.
“We’ve been doing beach monitoring for a decade, and we’ve gathered information on what causes contamination,” said Kleinheinz, a professor of environmental engineering at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. “The problem is that there’s no funding to do much about it.”
Funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative helped to re-engineer a handful of Great Lakes beaches, but that money didn’t extend to something Kleinheinz said he considers even more important—assessing whether the beach redesign reduced contamination.
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Aquatic Invaders Backpack
The Aquatic Invaders Attack Pack is a rucksack filled with materials to help teach students and other groups about Great Lakes aquatic invasive species (AIS), the problems they cause and what can be done about them. Each pack includes preserved specimens of some of the most problematic AIS in the Great Lakes, rugged plastic fact sheets, a classroom guide and a USB flash drive containing 10 lesson plans created by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The packs are designed to complement the Nab the Aquatic Invaders! website hosted by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
Wisconsin residents can borrow an Attack Pack for free from Wisconsin's Water Library. The Pack will be delivered to your local library via the Library Delivery Network of Wisconsin.
The Attack Packs were created by the UW Sea Grant Institute as part of a Great Lakes Sea Grant Network grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
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