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Water Resources Engineering

WRE students are at work in the lab, the community and the world.

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    Field visits and monitoring with students of flow stage and hydraulics surrounding natural channel design along Spafford Creek in the Finger Lakes.

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    Research and demonstration with green infrastructure generates solutions that handle urban stormwater. Generous funding from the USDA allowed faculty from the WRE program to design and have built bioretention basin (rain garden) on the main campus.

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    Testing for changes in water quality as salt-water spiked stormwater is filtered through bioretention media, using a cold-lab facility to simulate cold-climate temperatures.

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    Testing TRMM radar precipitation estimates of spatial rainfall patterns in Cyprus using detailed ground gage measurements.

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    Demonstrating the linking between arid climate, low flowing rivers, small volumes of mineral and nutrient discharge, and the turquoise color of Mediterranean waters.

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    Dr. Endreny explains the properties of a 2 meter hydraulic flume to the Syracuse City School District students participating in the ESF Science Corps.

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    Endreny demonstrating the principle of a hurricane wave hitting coastal houses using the 7-meter hydraulic flume for the students participating in the ESF Science Corps.

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    Teaching students about ecological engineering in Honduras. Students here marvel at the magnitude of a banana leaf after participating in a tour of mono-culture agriculture outside of Saba, Honduras.

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    Endreny demonstrating a hydraulic jump in the teaching flume.

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    Teaching and research benefit from the new hydraulic laboratory and equipment at SUNY ESF. Dye injection in the 7-m flume to investigate scour and hydraulics around a cross-vane structure.

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    Discovering the gustatorial properties of cinnamon in Lancetilla Botanical Garden in Honduras as part of an ecological engineering exercise to link human interest in different species of tree for agro-forestry based restoration projects.

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    Observing the Emerald Hummingbird outside of Olanchito, Honduras, as part of a design exercise to expand critical dry forest habitat and contend with cattle ranching pressures.

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    Teaching students about ecological engineering in Honduras. Students here marvel at the magnitude of a banana leaf after participating in a tour of mono-culture agriculture outside of Saba, Honduras.

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    Water resource systems engineering.

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    Watershed hydrology .

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    Characterizing substrate in Nimemile Creek as using the Wolman Pebble Count method.

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    Faculty and students from the Water Resources Engineering program joined in a 10 km kayak reconnaissance of Onondaga Creek to study the feasibility for restoring the waterway to handle recreational and educational trips. These efforts have been supported by US HUD and USEPA funding, led to annual Creek cleanups, numerous follow-on kayak and canoe trips, generated research on restoration designs to enhance ecological structure and function while protecting residents from damaging floods, and resulted in several published studies.

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    Faculty and students from the Water Resources Engineering program joined in a 10 km kayak reconnaissance of Onondaga Creek to study the feasibility for restoring the waterway to handle recreational and educational trips. These efforts have been supported by US HUD and USEPA funding, led to annual Creek cleanups, numerous follow-on kayak and canoe trips, generated research on restoration designs to enhance ecological structure and function while protecting residents from damaging floods, and resulted in several published studies.

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    Studies by a team of Water Resources Engineering faculty and students investigated the tributaries entering Onondaga Creek as it flows through Syracuse. Many are covered, and pass through culverts, while others are unmanaged and pass through vegetated riparian areas.

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    Studies by a team of Water Resources Engineering faculty and students investigated the tributaries entering Onondaga Creek as it flows through Syracuse. Many are covered, and pass through culverts, while others are unmanaged and pass through vegetated riparian areas.

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    A team of Water Resources Engineering faculty and students completed extensive surveys of local waterways at USGS gauging stations (Ley Creek, Ninemile Creek, Onondaga Creek, Harbor Brook) to construct regional bankfull curves. Here we perform the work at Ley Creek. The data collection occurred during spring, summer, and fall and the results contributed to local databases as well as guided the design for restored sections of Onondaga Creek using the principles of Natural Channel Design. Several ongoing research projects, with published results, continue to use these data.

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    A team of Water Resources Engineering faculty and students completed extensive surveys of local waterways at USGS gauging stations (Ley Creek, Ninemile Creek, Onondaga Creek, Harbor Brook) to construct regional bankfull curves. Here we perform the work at Ley Creek. The data collection occurred during spring, summer, and fall and the results contributed to local databases as well as guided the design for restored sections of Onondaga Creek using the principles of Natural Channel Design. Several ongoing research projects, with published results, continue to use these data.

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    Restoration with natural channel design by USFWS along Spafford Creek and measuring dissolved oxygen (Endreny).

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    Measuring velocity of streamlines around in-channel structures on Spafford Creek (Endreny).