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Esquimalt lagoon

Camosun biology and environmental technology students taking an ecology course are helping monitor the re-growth and sustainability of native plants in Esquimalt Lagoon.

Their story was recently told in the Goldstream News Gazette (pdf)

Instructor David Blundon says the project first started in 2007 after the Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative helped plant native grasses and flowers in the beach dunes.  The thick plants and grasses help to reduce erosion from wind and water.

Now, each semester, his biology and environmental technology students return to the lagoon to monitor changes in the planted and the control areas.

“What we’ve found so far is that the plants are propagating both in the planted and control spaces,” says Blundon.  “The seeds from our plantings are of course taking root in other areas of the beach.  This should sustain the dunes for a while.”

Blundon hopes Camosun’s ongoing study will help attract new funding to plant more native species in the area.  Read more... (pdf) Blundon ET Students

Camosun’s 2.5 year, science-based Environmental Technology program combines academic study with hands-on laboratory and field skills to prepare students for immediate employment in the areas of aquatic monitoring, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), map and air photo interpretation, sustainable resource and waste management, horticulture and biodiversity, and more.

Camosun also offers University Transfer courses in Biology and a 2-year Associate of Science Degree in Biology.

David Blundon
School of Arts & Science

Stephen Gormican
Chair, Environmental Technology Program

Last updated: December 19, 2011 8:44 am

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