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ESF Senior gift—A Water Garden

"Aesthetic, educational and relaxing"

Syracuse—The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) Class of 2005 has decided on a unique gift. They will fund and build a sustainable ornamental water garden in an area just off the quad between Bray and Marshall halls April 23 and 24. Work will begin at 8 a.m. each day and all students, not just seniors, have been encouraged to participate

ESF Wildlife Society President Colin Diehl worked with Undergraduate Student Association Class Chair Jaime Schofield to flesh out details of the project. They presented their proposal to SUNY-ESF officials who approved the plans.

Diehl said, "The ESF administration have been exceptionally professional, courteous, and supportive of our student-run project. It has been a learning experience for me from beginning to end."

The pond will consist of two tiers, which will use native plants and fish to display the unique flora and fauna found in New York. The top pond will incorporate a natural bog filtration system and feed the waterfall that will flow into the bottom pond. The water will be pumped back to the top pond to create a recirculated aquatic ecosystem.

Diehl said, "The goal is to build something that's aesthetic, educational and relaxing. It will offer educational opportunities for years to come and recognize ESF as an environmental school dedicated to sustainable ecosystem development."

A live band will accompany construction of the 2005 Senior Gift on the ESF quad Saturday from noon until 4:00 p.m. plus food and drinks for all volunteers.


Release No. 30, April 18, 2005

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