River Action is teaming up with Augustana's new "Upper Mississippi Studies Center," to learn more about biodiversity at the Green Valley Nature Preserve in Moline.
Dr. Michael Reisner's goal for the day is "To understand the biodiversity at this site." This is the first year for the event, which takes place August 31st.
The purpose is to educate the public, and research all the different living things in the watershed, which is a piece of land where streams flow off of and goes into the same place, such as the Rock River. "We're hoping to use the data to understand how this wetland's function today," says Dr. Reisner.
Dr. Reisner says these streams are important green spaces in our area, "They also serve important roles in terms of capturing and storing, and safely releasing storm water when we get it, and at the same time, capturing and hopefully filtering out some of the pollution that we're putting into that water."
Another part of Biodiversity Day is River Action's stream restoration project, where crews will work to restore the stream so it flows its natural course into the Rock River.
River Action's Amy Bandman says it's going to be hard work, but above all hopes everyone has fun.
For more information on how to get involved, click here: http://www.riveraction.org/node/214
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