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Study looks into fecal matter in Kickapoo River


RICHLAND CENTER (WKOW) -- A University of Wisconsin-Richland County professor is heading a study looking into the fecal coliform in the Kickapoo River.

Dr. Darby Oldenburg, assistant professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Richland, is working on the research project this summer.

With support from a 2009 UW Colleges Summer Research Grant, she's worked in collaboration with Dr. Michael Alfieri, associate professor of biology at Viterbo University, to study the Kickapoo River.  The research is expected to continue into the fall semester. 

Two UW-Richland student volunteers, Katy Berres and Grant Worthington of Richland Center, have been working with her on this research, as has Juliee Wendland, a volunteer from La Farge.

Oldenburg is also overseeing a project in the fall, a continuation of efforts underway with Sunset Orchard, to determine a sustainable method of composting their apple processing wastes. 

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