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Collaborative Research on Stream Restoration
The Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) Program is collaborating with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and land owner LaFarge North America to investigate restoration alternatives for a segment of Elton Creek on a former gravel mining site in Freedom, NY. Preliminary studies have been performed by ERIE doctoral trainees and undergraduate researchers to characterize water quality and compare common rapid assessment techniques that assess stream structure and ecological integrity, providing a basis for future assessments following restoration. A proposal for a full program of laboratory, field, and modeling investigations is under review by the National Science Foundation.