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UW-Eau Claire Launches
Center for Chippewa River Studies
MAILED: Oct. 24, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — Realizing the importance of the Chippewa River Valley as a common ground for research in many interdisciplinary fields, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently established the Confluence Center for Chippewa River Studies.
         The center is dedicated to providing an open forum for UW-Eau Claire students, staff and community members to discuss any aspect of the Chippewa River Valley.
         “The interdisciplinary approach is a more real reflection of what academic study and life is really all about,” said Dr. Carol Hale, a senior lecturer in the English department at UW-Eau Claire and one of the center’s five co-directors.
         The center grew out of a working group organized to assist the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in obtaining a scientific area designation for the lower Chippewa River Valley. When that was accomplished in 2000, the group’s goals and direction shifted, with a new emphasis on coordinating and promoting research and instructional activities in the region.
         “Sometimes we take the river for granted,” said geography professor and center co-director Dr. Sean Hartnett. “The Chippewa River Valley is a world class environment, rich in fluvial features and plant and animal communities. We want a world-class program to go along with it.”
         Along with Hartnett and Hale, assistant professor of geology Brad Burton, associate professor of biology Dr. David Lonzarich and UW-Extension watershed educator Darren Lochner will head a core group of several members who have an established record of research or activities pertaining to the Chippewa Valley.
         Technical resources available at the Confluence Center include state-of-the-art geographic information systems databases, remote sensing images and global positioning systems field equipment. The center will support and promote research activities with workshops, campus and community events, an annual Confluence Center publication and a Web site containing a variety of print, photo, map and video tools.

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Updated: Oct. 24, 2001