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Waukesha: A spa town that took its water for granted

Listen to the podcast on Marketplace My hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin, is surrounded by water. There are creeks and rivers. The fourth biggest lake in the world, Lake Michigan, lies 17 miles to the east. Every year the city gets an average 34 inches of rain and 40 inches of snow. Yet Waukesha has a big water...

Cover crops increase profitability

Panelists shared cover crop success stories at the Commodity Classic conference in San Antonio Turnips used as a cover crop. Cover crops not only improve soil health and bump yields, but also increase profitability, a U.S. farmer told farm show delegates in San Antonio.…

What Gets Flushed Into Rivers as More Rain Hits the Northeast?

Connecticut and the Northeast region have gotten a lot more rain over the years. A report from the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration found a 67 percent increase since 1958, more than any other part of the country. Now researchers at Yale University want to find out what happens to...

Gillian Duffy Claims 2nd Prize at AECOM Student Environmental Awards

PhD student Gillian Duffy claimed 2nd prize at the AECOM Student Environmental Awards on the 8th of April in Sligo IT. The competition challenges students to present to their peers on a topic of their choice in the field of water and/or environmental management. The competition is open to undergraduate or postgraduate students aged 25...

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ND-LEEF Featured on WNIT Outdoor Elements

  The Teachers as Scholars program hosted a two-part series with ND-LEEF faculty and staff in October 2013. The seminar focus was The Effects of Environmental Change on Freshwater and presented by Dr. Jennifer Tank and Brett Peters. WNIT's Outdoor Elements, with host Evie Kirkwood, featured this program in their latest episode.   

Notre Dame researcher awarded grant to study improving water quality in Lake Erie

    Sheila Christopher Sheila Christopher, a research assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, has won a research grant to study the effects of new farmland-drainage practices in reducing farm runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Christopher, who works with Ludmilla F., Stephen J.,...

U-M Water Center awards $2.9M for eight Great Lakes restoration projects

 Sheila Christopher, Research Assistant Professor with the ECI Land Use Program, received a U-M Water Center Award for her project: "Watershed-scale assessment of stacked drainage practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin to improve water quality," Sheila Christopher, University of Notre Dame. $155,358. The Western Lake Erie Basin is intensively...

New Notre Dame study proposes changes in New Orleans area levee systems

Less may mean more when it comes to the levee systems designed to protect New Orleans from hurricanes. That’s the conclusion of a new study by a team of University of Notre Dame researchers led by Joannes Westerink, chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences and co-developer of the authoritative...

Drs. Tank, Newman Granted Graduate School Faculty Awards

  Dr. Jennifer Tank: The James A. Burns, CSC Award Winner Jennifer Tank, The Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Collegiate Chair in Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 James A. Burns, CSC Award, which is given annually to a faculty member for...

Notre Dame researcher is studying role small dams play in pollution control

  Sometimes, little things can add up to a lot. In short, that’s the message of a research study on small dams, streams and pollution by Steve Powers, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). “Small dams, reservoirs and ponds trap water pollution, which provides an important...

Outdoor Elements: Science Solving Problems

Members of the ND-LEEF team were featured on WNIT's "Outdoor Elements" episode "Science Solving Problems." The episode featured a behind-the-scenes segment on the building of ND-LEEF, featuring Director Jennifer Tank and Assistant Director Brett Peters. Architecture Professor Aimmee Buccellato was also featured in a segment called "Trash to Treasure: Recleaming...

Jennifer Tank receives Leopold Leadership Fellowship

  Jennifer Tank, Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and an international authority on the cycling of nutrients in freshwater ecosystems, has been named a 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow…

Outdoor Elements: Measuring Streams (VIDEO)

Notre Dame Biology Professor Gary Lamberti and ND-LEEF Assistant Director Brett Peters join St. Joseph County Parks Director, Evie Kirkwood, as she hosts the PBS show Outdoor Elements. In this segment, Evie joins the two aquatic biologists to learn both low and high tech ways to measure stream velocity.

Notre Dame and St. Patrick's County Park Team Up On New Cutting-Edge Environmental Facility

  The University of Notre Dame and St. Joseph County Parks are launching a new partnership to build a cutting-edge environmental research and education facility at St. Patrick’s County Park. The new facility will be called the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND LEEF) at St. Patrick’s County Park....

The Environment Report: River Gypsies

This summer, a group of scientists are studying five large rivers in the Midwest… including the St. Joseph, the Muskegon and the Manistee rivers in Michigan. It’s part of a three year study of how large rivers process fertilizers – and how things like farming and wastewater affect the rivers....