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Monica Rakovan

Stream Erosion
Stream Erosion

Ohio Watershed Coordinator, Institute of Environmental Sciences

"My goal is to discover long-term solutions to address stream erosion."

I use the Natural Areas because I study streams, and since most are on private property the Natural Areas are perfect for my research. They are a natural laboratory, provide easy access, short travel distance and always available.

I am trying to understand what human influences have done to our natural stream systems.

We discovered logs in the Natural Areas that are very old (over 200 years) They will help us measure the age of the sediments along the stream and see more clearly what has transpired over time in these flood plains. This is important to know so we will be in a better position to stop the negative impacts of stream erosion.