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Dredge Today, Restore Tomorrow
Kristine N. Hopfensperger
In this case study, students role-play members of a task force whose task it is to advise the Director of the National Park Service (their instructor) on the best location for creating a wetland using dredge material from the Potomac River. Students apply previously learned knowledge about wetland ecology (i.e. hydrology, soils, and plants) to a wetland restoration decision. Through the case, students increase their understanding of the principles of ecosystem ecology and the complexity of natural resource management dilemmas. The case was developed for a wetland ecology course, but would also work well in an ecosystem ecology or natural resource management course.
|Keywords:||Restoration; wetland; ecosystem; environmental decision-making; Potomac River; Chesapeake Bay; Washington, DC; Virginia|
|Topical Area:||Policy issues, Social issues|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Type/Method:||Dilemma/Decision, Jig-Saw, Role-Play|
|Subject Headings:||Ecology Natural Resource Management Environmental Science Environmental Engineering|
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