On tuesday October 12th, I met with Ron LeCain to go over the steps of how the IC wetland was formed. He informed me that when any project disturbs an existing wetland, a new wetland needs to be identified. The first step they had to take in order to build the new wetlands at Ithaca College was to create a wetland deliniation report, which is attached. The next step after the Army Corps of Engineers looked over the deliniation report is to acquire a permit. Getting the permit for Ithaca College was a rather complicated process. They had to show all areas of impact proposed for the new A&E project as well as the wetlands. Fig1-10 attached shows where impacts were proposed to be created.The final step is the actual mitigation. This process starts with a final report. The final report is one of the most important documents and is also attached. This report needs to be submited before construction is done and encompasses all aspects of the wetlands on the Rich road and Rapponi sites. The final plan for the A&E project for IC was approved March 5, 2009, two years after it was proposed.
After the site has been mitigated, the Army Corps requires that the wetlands are monitored for five years. A "Baseline" report has to be submitted to show that the wetlands are built to the way they were agreed to be built. The first three attachements are the Appendixes missing from the Baseline report.
The Wetlands Website will be found at www.ithaca.edu/natruallands/wetlands in December of 2010. Its goal will be for access to information on the wetlands and a page for education. The main educational portion of that page will be the "History" section. The main source of eduction that one will get from going to the wetlands website will be a link to this wiki. This wiki is the source of all current and previous studies done by students and will prove to be educational to those who find themselves here. In this line of thought, one of the main reasons that the wetlands website will be in existance will be to direct the public to this wiki. Originally this wiki was a way for students to keep all of their information in one place as well as to be able to easily collaborate and work togeather with other student researchers. Now with a direct link from a public web page, it will be a page that the interested public visits to see what has been done in the past research projects and what is being done currently. If someone were so inclined, they could watch a project unfold throughout a semester.
One inconvienience that will occur is a repeat of some of the basic information. For instance the history sections will be the same, and some of the attachments may be the same. This will be over looked however as research topics add up and more research is done and more documents are added to each topic. The goal for people coming in from the wetlands website off of the ICNL page is to view the research topics.