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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|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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