Students from a conservation of natural resources course at Upper Iowa University Prairie du Chien Center listen to Wisconsin DNR water quality specialist John Sullivan as he discusses water quality standards.
FAYETTE, Iowa (May 2, 2013) – Gaining practical, real life skills at Upper Iowa University is essential to learning, and students in the conservation of natural resources course at the UIU Prairie du Chien Center had the opportunity to do just that at a recent exercise held in La Crosse, Wis.
Under the guidance of Dr. Dennis Baldridge, adjunct professor, the students met recently with John Sullivan, water quality specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (W-DNR), to learn about water quality issues, standards and criteria. Samples were analyzed from the La Crosse Marsh, La Crosse River, Mississippi River and Black River.
Students participated in common field water quality measurements and compiled data. The class also discussed this year's unusually high winter kill and lead contamination issues in the La Crosse Marsh due to contamination from a trap shooting range.
"This course is quite relevant as we discuss how to meet human needs while ensuring the sustainability of natural systems and the environment," said Baldridge. "Field trips such as this one enable the students to further understand how these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come. It solidifies the practical aspects of classroom learning."
This year's unusually high winter fish kill on the La Crosse Marsh was discussed and studied by the UIU conservation of natural resources.
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