ABOVE PHOTO: Heidi Lieffort, of UW-Stout’s Center for Limnological Research and Rehabilitation, takes water samples from Horse Creek in Star Prairie to check phosphorus and chlorophyll levels.
University of Wisconsin-Stout will receive $306,108 in support from the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin this year to enhance its water-related academic programs.
The funding is part of a statewide initiative, backed by the Wisconsin State Legislature and Gov. Tony Evers, to tackle 10 grand water challenges and support curriculum development, undergraduate research opportunities, career development, and field training experiences for students interested in studying water-related fields at the 13 UW System schools.
Funding includes support for eight projects led by UW-Stout:
- Developing an easy-to-apply, integrated approach to modeling freshwater contamination from farm runoff using only commercial drones, cameras, and software, $116,832
- Establishment and support of the Red Cedar Basin Monitoring Group, $71,730
- Predicting Crop per Drop in Sandy Soils, $36,121
- Establishment of the Center for Rural Opportunities, Prosperity and Sustainability, $33,759
- Expanding LAKES REU to Wisconsin students, $29,382
- Undergraduate student-faculty research engagement on developing rapid, easy-to-use and cost-effective test kits for the detection of E. coli/coliforms in water, $6,680
- Building water projects into an environmental math course, $6,362
- Development of People, Water and the Environment course, $5,242
UW-Stout also will collaborate on four projects led by or involving UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Superior. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.