Restoration Ecology Class Spring 2013
Restoration Ecology 2013 was the first group of students to adopt Project Stream
In Phase 1 of the project, they focused on asking "What is the problem?" – conducting research to understand the various issues facing Project Stream. After analyzing the condition of the stream and where the pollution was coming from, the class worked together to research and write up a proposal for a campus wetland restoration project designed to improve the quality of water entering Upper Lake from this stream.
They worked in the to pull together the following:
- a thorough site history (with help from College Archives);
- an interactive GIS map;
- data collection to examine the water, soil, and vegetative characteristics of the proposed project area;
- a literature review of relevant case studies;
- a review of legal requirements and restrictions;
- a community outreach effort through a course website, Facebook page, two campus news interviews, and a student and alumnae questionnaire;
- an artistic rendering of what the site looks like now and may look like after project completion; and
- informational interviews with relevant stakeholders (e.g., golf course managers, Facilities Management, and Mount Holyoke College students and alumnae).