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Researchers Aid in the Prevention of Pollutants Entering Local Shorelines

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B-CU Graduate Students Help Improve the Health of the Indian River with Living Shoreline Research Project

Graduate students and faculty from the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CSEM) at B-CU will present a local research initiative on Thursday, July 21st at 6p.m. at the Marine Discovery Center (520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach). Department representatives will share information about “The Living Shorelines Project,” which focuses on types of pollutants and their existence in living shoreline environments.

The presentation will demonstrate their research efforts and plans for the project. “The primary objective of this project is to reduce nonpoint source pollution along the Mosquito Lagoon (ML), a northern sub-lagoon of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) system, by: (1) transforming artificially landscaped turf grass dominated shorelines and retention ponds into living shorelines of native Florida plants that are known to be better filters of nonpoint source nutrients and; (2) engaging the public and enhancing awareness of their role in contribution to Best Management Practices for nonpoint source pollution impacting the system,” said Dr. Cho, Lead Researcher and Professor of Environmental Science at B-CU.

Researchers will compare and contrast the type of pollutants that are prevented from entering lagoons and ponds near living shorelines against homes with turf grass. The project will help understand contribution of residential runoff on water quality of lagoon,” said Dr. Cho. Ten lagoon-front homes and five communities with retention ponds will be solicited as a part of the research project. B-CU received a three year grant award from the Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant in the amount of $494,694 to implement this initiative. For additional information and to follow “The Living Shoreline Project,” contact Dr. Hyun Jung Cho, choh@cookman.edu or 386.481.2793.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.