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The Olentangy River Wetland Research Park: Progress Report for 2003

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Title: The Olentangy River Wetland Research Park: Progress Report for 2003
Creators: Mitsch, William J.
Keywords: Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
Progress Report for 2003
Issue Date: 2004-12-09
Series/Report no.: 2003 Annual report (Olentangy River Wetland Research Park);Report
Abstract: This publication offers the twelfth consecutive annual report on teaching, research, service, and development at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP). It covers progress in calendar year 2003, the tenth year of hydrologic operation of the two 2.5-acre experimental wetland “kidneys” on the site, the seventh year of ecological development of our 7-acre mitigation wetland “billabong,” the fifth year of the Sandefur Wetland Pavilion, and the first year of occupancy of the Heffner Wetland Research and Education Building. Twenty-four courses from 5 OSU Colleges (FAES, MAPS, ENG, BIOSCI, SBS) and several other universities used the ORWRP in 2003. Two mastersʼ theses and one Ph.D. in wetland ecology were completed in 2003/early 2004, raising the total number of theses and dissertations completed at the ORWRP to 44. Five short courses on wetland restoration, wetland delineation, ecological engineering, and ecosystem modeling were taught in 2003 to 55 participants from 19 states/provinces. One hundred thirty-three tours or presentations of the ORWRP were given in 2003 to almost 2000 participants as public outreach. Grants and contracts totalling \$2.2 million were active at the ORWRP in 2003. Approximately \$362,000 in donations were secured in 2003, about the same as the \$365,000 secured in 2002. These donations included several in-kind contributions related to the wetland building construction. The \$2.8 million Wetland Research and Education Building at the ORWRP was completed and occupied in 2003. The economic impact of the ORWRP to The Ohio State University in income from grants, contracts, development, and short course fees over its 12-year history has been \$5.4 million, not counting its significant academic and wetland management contributions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/234
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