We are a network of teachers and students from high schools in Northeast Wisconsin collaborating with university scientists on a long-term watershed monitoring program.  Our students and teachers monitor seven environmentally impaired streams in the Fox River watershed for water quality and ecological health.  

Our data provides a measurement of pollution that flows to the Fox River and Bay of Green Bay.  This runoff pollution is the type of pollution that contributes to the much publicized “dead zone” in the bay of Green Bay.  So beyond the innovative educational benefits our program provides for our students, we also provide the community with crucial data about our water quality that can be used to assess long-term trends and evaluate restoration efforts.

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Pandemic cancels Student Symposium

Our student symposium will not take place this spring due to the coronavirus.  Instead, Amy Carrozzino-Lyon and Lynn Terrien are working with teachers and students from kindergarten to high school on expanding the Wild Rice in the Classroom project.  Sixteen teachers are involved this year and two online trainings are taking place.  Schools participating are Wequiock Elementary, Aldo Leopold Community School, Green Bay East High School, Green Bay Southwest High School, Appleton East High School, Weyauwega-Fremont High School, Red Smith Elementary School, Preble High School, Lombardi Middle School, Pulaski Middle School, Bay Port Middle School, Menominee Indian Middle School, Menominee Indian High School, and Keshena Primary School.

The wild rice seed harvest of 2021 was one of the lowest in recent memory, so we have carefully stored the small amount of seed we have in hopes of a very prosperous growing season for our teachers.  With the expansion of our program, additional supplies were ordered and the logistics of deliveries to the various schools are being worked out.  We are anticipating several schools planting their wild rice bucket "plugs" in various locations along the west shoreline of the bay of Green Bay this May in an effort to reestablish the native wild rice that was originally found there.
Water grasses