River Watch, funded in part by Minnesota Clean Water Legacy funds and the Red River Watershed Management Board, engages students in monitoring their local streams as part of a Red River Basin citizen science network. The organization will host its annual River Watch Forum on Wednesday, March 20, on the U of M, Crookston campus.
High school Riverwatch Teams will present posters of their monitoring and research results at this 18th Annual River Watch Forum. Students will also visit with resource professionals at concurrent sessions on a wide range of topics, including stream ecology, mussels, Red River fishing, Geo-spatial collaboration, and river recreation explorations.
Karla Zubrycki of the Winnipeg office of the International Institute for Sustainable Development will share insights on the history and current issues facing Lake Winnipeg and how biotechnology is being used as an effective tool in nutrient control. She will also share research insights on the integral relationship between human health and watershed health.
About 20 teams are expected, and posters of their work are open for public review during the event, from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. These posters will be available on the International Water Institute River Watch Website after the Forum. The Forum is hosted by the International Water Institute and the Red River Watershed Management Board.
Various groups will meet in Bede Ballroom, the Prairie Room, Dowell Hall 203, 301, 306, and 320.