IPFW Professor Bruce Kingsbury is an expert on turtles and snakes, but his job title includes a few other things besides those creatures.
The biology professor is also the director of the IPFW Environmental Resources Center and as such, he is overseeing the establishment of the Water Quality Information Service, a resource for researchers, agency officials and the general public.
The purpose is to follow historic water quality data from the St. Joseph River and its tributaries, according to Kingsbury, who joined the IPFW faculty in 1992.
The St. Joseph River, which flows by IPFW, and the St. Marys River come together to form the Maumee River, one of the Midwest’s mighty waterways and the biggest contributor to the entire Great Lakes system.
The St. Joe also provides drinking water to many area residents. The easiest way to track the data is to access erc.ipfw.edu. There is also a Facebook page, Kingsbury said.
"The nice thing about that (the new website) is you can see for yourself what the researchers were finding about the water that was contributing to the drinking water for the city," Kingsbury said.
"Historically, that’s why all this was begun to keep tabs on water quality info. The city has an excellent facility for cleaning the water. The data we’re sharing is what’s out there in the river to begin with," Kingsbury said.
Kingsbury’s hope is that the Water Quality Information Service, which is partnering with the St. Joe River Watershed Initiative, will turn into an environmental stewardship center, part of the proposed downtown riverfront development.
It’s not hard to imagine that with all the snake handling and turtle spotting, that Kingsbury is an outdoors man.
While he said he would not eat the fish in any local river, nor swim in one, there would be nothing wrong with canoeing or kayaking.
"I wouldn’t say that the St. Joseph River is a clean river," Kingsbury said. "It’s just a cleaner river (than the St. Marys) on any particular day. Unfortunately our rivers are not as clean as we would like them to be."
Local grads place in skills competition
Three local high school graduates placed in the top 10 at the National SkillsUSA competition held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. South Side graduate Alex Guldbeck placed second in pin design; Snider High school graduate Tyler Hack placed second in masonry, and Homestead High School grad Trevor Gilpin, placed third in cabinetmaking. More than 6,000 students competed in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.
Brody Young of Northrop High School was awarded the Outstanding Specialist Award at the Jobs for America’s Graduates National Training Seminar in New Orleans for his efforts in increasing graduation rates and student participation among his JAG class. To learn more about the Indiana JAG program, visit www.in.gov/dwd/JAG.htm
First Farmers Bank & Trust has given Huntington University a gift of $5,000 and pledged future gifts totaling $20,000 to fully endow a scholarship for the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies by the end of 2018. The program includes concentrations in business innovation and entrepreneurship, communication and public policy, crop production, agricultural education and ministry and missions. For more information about the program, visit www.huntington.edu/agriculture.
Indiana Tech is offering a Bachelor of Science in health care informatics and information systems through its College of Professional Studies. These two CPS degree programs are being offered entirely online and can lead to future employment.
Manchester University was named to The Princeton Review’s "Best in the Midwest" list. The Princeton Review chose 159 schools from 12 states for the Midwest list. The Princeton Review surveyed 136,000 students to come up with results for its new book, "The Best 380 Colleges."
MDwise Tools for Schools program donated drawstring backpacks and school supplies to students at back-to-school events across Indiana. Locally, more than 250 students throughout Allen County received donations. Covering Kids & Families in Northeast Indiana received backpacks to be given away at a back-to-school event.
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