How to use the information presented in this blog pertaining to Cold Stream Watershed. If you are interested in investigating, researching, and/or understanding the relationship of a stream near you and how human activity effects that watershed some of these items mentioned in this blog may assist in your understanding…I hope so.
Cold Stream Watershed
After discussions with Dr. Egenrieder I would like my blog post to be utilized as an example of issues that can be addressed when researching other similar sized freshwater streams. Rather than a purely scientific research tool I was thinking more along the lines of a citizen scientist project or similar endeavor. The emphasis wojld be more geared towards educating locals regarding the availability, care, and possible restoration of similar watersheds. Cold Stream has the advantage of various local caretakers including a local chapter of Trout Unlimited, Trees Forever and the city of Cedar Rapids Park Department.
Many of the issues facing Cold Stream such as: litter, oil and gas pollution from roadway residue, water temperature variations and fishing pressure are found on other streams in varying degrees so a review of my research related to Cold Stream may be used to identify concerns on a local stream or river near the reader. I sincerely hope so. Regardless of how the information is used, it is an opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature either as a concerned citizen or aa recreational user. Expanding our understanding our valuable resources should be fun as well as educational.