6/19/2008The Macalester GeographyCrow River Watershed ProjectA Collaborative Project Between:AdAdvancedd GISstCities of the 21 CenturyUrban Geography Field SeminarTalk Overview Introduction to the ProjectBrief Overview of the Crow River WatershedProject Objectives & GoalsEnvironmental & Physical Components in the Watershed Critical Land Cover Ethanol Production Polluted Watersst Ashley Nepp, Cities of the 21 Century: Fish LaddersSocial & Economic Components in the Watershed Poverty and Female Headed Households Free and Reduced Lunches Educational Attainment and Median Household Income Clare Reuning, Urban Geography: Latino Immigration PatternsProject ChallengesOther ResearchClosing Remarks1

6/19/2008Who’s in, What’s up? Collaboration between three geography classes: Cities of the Twenty First Century: a research seminardesigned to examine and understand the nature of Urbanareas in North America – Dan Trudeau Urban Geography Field Seminar: a similar seminar with astrong focus on field research – Dave Lanegran Advanced GIS: an upper level GIS course designed toimprove foundational GIS skills and engage in project-basedwork – Holly Barcus, Birgit MuehlenhausWe're putting together an atlas of the Crow River Watershed;Advanced GIS will provide maps for visual references to theseminars' research projectsAtlas as a “reference point”Not oriented towards a particular research question2

6/19/2008The Crow River Watershed What is a Watershed?"An extent of land where water from rain or snow melt drainsdownhill into a body of water, such as a river, lake, dam,estuary, wetland, sea, or ocean. The drainage basin includesboth the streams and rivers that convey the water as well asthe land surfaces from which water drains into those channels,separated from adjacent basins by a drainage divide.”(Wikipedia)The Crow River is made up of three branches: North Fork of the Crow River: about 120 mi (195 km) long Middle Fork of the Crow River: about 50 mi (80 km) long South Fork of the Crow River: about 100 mi (160 km) longThe Crow River basin is about 2,725 square milesThe North and South Fork of the Crow River converge inRockford, MN and flow into the Mississippi river at Dayton,Minnesota.The Crow RiverWatershedincludes:Carver, Hennepin,Kandiyohi, McLeod,Meeker, Pope,Renville Stearns &Renville,Sibley Counties Watershed covers1.8 million acres –primarily privatelyowned Primary land useis agricultural From http://www.crowriver.orgThe watershed district is represented through a consortium ofindividual citizens and community groups with some stake in thefuture of the watershed (CROW Joint Powers Board).Considering the significant increase in population anddevelopment in the Crow River Watershed, this is area is bothinteresting and important to draw attention to.3

6/19/2008Goals/Objectives Allow for Macalester students to engage with a broaderMinnesota community, while developing skills in research andGISIdentify and analyze the spatial patterns of variousenvironmental and social phenomena confronting thewatershed.Be able to use a combination of maps, research and theory tocreate an information base for further research into the issuespresented.Create a highly-informative, thorough, and useful atlas of thewatershed that can be readilyy accessed and understood byyresidents of the region, city planners, businesses andacademics alike.Environmental &Physical WatershedComponents4


6/19/2008Hennepin County6

6/19/2008Fish Ladders in the Crow River WatershedAshley NeppCities of the 21st CenturyHutchinson Fish Ladder The Hutchinson fish ladder project was a dam andbridge replacement project. A fish ladder is a good compromise when you needto control the flow of a river but want to have less ofan impact on the river than a dam. Environmentally, it would have been better to removeEnvironmentallythe dam and return to an uncontrolled river flow.7


6/19/2008Social & EconomicWatershed Components9


6/19/2008Filling in the Gaps:Latino Migration in the Crow River WatershedClaire ReuningGEOG 488Spring 200811

6/19/2008Latino PopulationCounties included: Carver, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Sibley and Stearns.Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000White PopulationCounties included: Carver, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Sibley and Stearns.Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 200012

6/19/2008Latino PopulationWhite Population13

6/19/2008Project Challenges Making maps relevant and accessible to main target audience(watershed residents)Difference in settingg between the GIS/cartographyg p y and fieldresearch components of this projectIssues of scale in determining where data could be obtainedUnderstanding the effect that the Twin Cities urban system hason this region, and the data that were obtainedInconsistency of time across different projects, depending upondata availability for that particular issueCities of the 21st Century ProjectsGEOGRAPHY 488-02 Competitive Charity: Effects of Healthcare Ownership inHutchinson, Minnesota by Emily Gerteis “Selling the Farm”: Place marketing in Rural America by PatriciaBass Make it Happen: Fundamentals of Cooperative CommunityDevelopment Projects by Ashley Nepp Turkey Production in Minnesota by Andrea Blake Governing Water: Management of the Crow River Watershed byRobyn Schindeldecker Bridging the Gap: An Analysis of the Buffalo, MN CommuterBus Line by Joe Parilla Downtown Revitalization of Watertown, MN: Does Size Matter?b LbyLeahhRRoth-Howeth H That’s Women’s Work: Availability of Child Care and Women’sWorkforce Participation Rates in the South Crow RiverWatershed by Jessica Mowles Diversity and Crow River Schools: Overview of ELL Programsin the Watershed by Katherine Bristol14

6/19/2008Urban Geography Field Seminar ProjectsGEOGRAPHY 488-02 Commercial Real Estate Development by Emily Goodman Filling in the Gaps: Latino Migration in the Crow RiverWatershed byy Claire Reuningg Land Use and Water Quality by Victoria Harris Mental Maps and Spatial Behavior by Elana Dahlberg Main Street Preservation and Change by Matt Wicklund Delineating the Suburban Fringe by Matt MalmbergFrom http://www.crowriver.orgConclusions The Crow River Watershed Atlas provides a broadoverview as well as highlighting specific topics of theregion’s natural and socio-economic geography.The atlas will serve as a baseline for future research.It will be distributed to local and regional planningagencies, such as the Metropolitan Council, and TargetCorporation.15

6/19/2008AcknowledgmentsWe would like to thank the Project Pericles and the CivicEngagement Center for their generous support.16

The Crow River is made up of three branches: North Fork of the Crow River: about 120 mi (195 km) long Middle Fork of the Crow River: about 50 mi (80 km) long SouthForkoftheCrowRiver:about100mi(160km)longSouth Fork of the Crow River: about 100 mi (160 km) long The Crow River basin is about 2,725 square miles