Title

Gladmar: An Ever Present Resource

Presenter Information

Bryce Andrews

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 137B

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

The Gladmar Research and Education Area (GREA) is a reach of the Yakima River located near the north side of I-90 near Exit 101 and contains 38 acres of which 10 acres of this are water. This field site encompasses the interface of the riverine environment and its associated floodplain which includes the mainstem and a side-channel of the Yakima River, a backwater slough and littoral habitats. The presence of pools, riffles, and braided channels, a variety of graded and un-graded substrate sizes, and the presence of a variety of flow-velocity regimes provide additional complexity to the aquatic habitat within the area. The Gladmar Research and Education Area provides a living outdoor laboratory and promotes active partnerships across educational and governmental communities to enhance integrated learning. In 2007, Central Washington University (CWU) entered a fifty year lease agreement with Kittitas County, Washington for a 38 acre reach of the Yakima River. Past and future research at the site is highlighted while future plans and its intrinsic natural and cultural value are presented.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Ken Cohen

Additional Mentoring Department

Recreation and Tourism

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Gladmar: An Ever Present Resource

SURC 137B

The Gladmar Research and Education Area (GREA) is a reach of the Yakima River located near the north side of I-90 near Exit 101 and contains 38 acres of which 10 acres of this are water. This field site encompasses the interface of the riverine environment and its associated floodplain which includes the mainstem and a side-channel of the Yakima River, a backwater slough and littoral habitats. The presence of pools, riffles, and braided channels, a variety of graded and un-graded substrate sizes, and the presence of a variety of flow-velocity regimes provide additional complexity to the aquatic habitat within the area. The Gladmar Research and Education Area provides a living outdoor laboratory and promotes active partnerships across educational and governmental communities to enhance integrated learning. In 2007, Central Washington University (CWU) entered a fifty year lease agreement with Kittitas County, Washington for a 38 acre reach of the Yakima River. Past and future research at the site is highlighted while future plans and its intrinsic natural and cultural value are presented.