Greetings from the West Virginia University (WVU) Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS). We are pleased to present the first edition of our electronic newsletter. We will use the newsletter to update the IWSS community concerning activities in the Institute, and as a mechanism to showcase your programs and discoveries.
Fall 2016 Newsletter
The Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS) held a Fall Meeting with scientists across campus and state and federal agency personnel on Friday, Sept. 23. The meeting, a networking event for water researchers, was held to promote collaborations and build partnerships with other researchers across campus and throughout West Virginia.
The IWSS, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Hydrology Laboratory (IHL), is developing a teaching and research mixed-land-use experimental watershed study in Morgantown. West Run has been studied and used for West Virginia University experiential student courses for decades. However, the new initiative is an opportunity to formalize a coordinated effort using a broadly accepted watershed-scale study design.
The water flowing through WVU’s Reedsville Farm will soon be returned to a more natural sinuous pathway. Stream restoration is just part of a larger program, led by the University to turn the stream and its farm into a demonstration of best management practices.
Dr. Kyle Hartman, a professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design, is currently doing extensive research on West Virginia’s state fish, the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), and its habitat and population numbers in headwater streams throughout the state.
Dr. Michael P. Strager, associate professor in the School of Natural Resources, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, specializes in applying spatial data analysis techniques to aid in watershed analysis and management. His research covers a wide range of geospatial technologies and applications that include geographic information systems, remote sensing with UAVs, spatial statistics, and spatial decision support.