ln Fall 2010, an interdisciplinary group of University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire undergraduates and faculty from English, biology, geography, and social work formed the Environmental Civic Agency learning community. This learning community was funded through generous grants from The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugold Commitment fund. Its mission is to increase environmental awareness and education on campus and in the community.
The Environmental Civic Agency learning community, which includes local environmental agencies and UWEC faculty, staff, and students, created a Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour of the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area. The purpose of this tour is to encourage the public to hike, kayak, canoe, or bike to preset GPS waypoints along the Lower Chippewa River and learn about point and nonpoint sources of local pollution that affect the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area. Its goal is to inspire citizens who take this tour to actively steward our valuable river.
The Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour has been the feature of a Volume One article titled "Seeking Clearer Waters", and was the subject of two UW-Eau Claire press releases ("UW-Eau Claire students develop 'Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour'" and "Institute to Bring Together Campus and Community Environmental Initiatives"). To increase accessibility and awareness, a combination of video, sound, and text were used to recreate the Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour in this virtual online version. We hope you enjoy the Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour and use it as a way to connect to the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area and to learn about the things you can do to help conserve our beautiful local resource!
Pollution Tour Sponsors & Community Partners Sponsors
The Blugold Commitment
Wisconsin Environmental Education Board
Clear Vision Eau Claire
Lower Chippewa River Alliance
River Country Resource Conservation and Development Council
University of Eau Claire: Environmental Adventure Center
University of Wisconsin-Extension: Lower Chippewa River Basin Educator Links
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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