Faculty Update: Associate Professor Jim Gawel Planning for Lakewood's Waughop Lake

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In its March 9, 2016 article, "Sediment the culprit behind toxic algae at Lakewood's Waughop Lake," the News Tribune shared the findings of a recent study of Waughop Lake in Lakewood, WA.

Waughop Lake Photo credit: City of LakewoodDue to toxic blue-green algae, Waughop Lake in Fort Steilacoom Park has been under a health department-issued "no contact" advisory since 2009.

Local officials believed a combination of groundwater runoff, failing septic systems and animal waste contributed to the toxic algae blooms.

To determine the cause of the algae issues, the City of Lakewood turned to the expertise of UW Tacoma faculty member, Jim Gawel, Ph.D.

The City of Lakewood hired UW Tacoma associate professor of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering Jim Gawel, in conjunction with engineering consulting firm Brown and Caldwell, to develop a lake management plan. 

As part of the planning process, Gawel monitored the lake for a year; the plan is expected to be presented to the city this fall. 

Dr. Gawel works with the UW Tacoma Giving Garden and Sustainable Hub for Education and Demonstration (SHED) project. The Giving Garden contributes its harvest to local food banks.

Limited space is available to participate in the Giving Garden service learning capstone course TEST 495, or show your support for the SHED project here.

Catch Jim Gawel spring quarter in Environmental Chemistry (TESC 333); limited seats remain available.



Written by: 
Meridith Hatch / March 10, 2016