FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern student Libby Yost
of Trussville has written and published a booklet Up a Creek without
a Paddle about her research on two of Birmingham's urban
waterways thanks to a $1,200 grant from the Associated Colleges
of the South.
For the past year, Yost has researched the health of the Village
Creek and Cahaba rivers by factoring in metals, pH intensity, temperature
and nitrate and oxygen levels, and comparing the rivers to others with similar
demographics. Her booklet includes a history of the rivers, a discussion
of current problems, and suggestions for improvement.
“It was really interesting to study and get to know the background of the
two rivers, especially the part Village Creek played during the city's
Steel Age,” said Yost, who is serving as a 2002-03 Associated Colleges
of the South environmental intern through mid-August.
She plans to distribute the book to community organizations,
ACS schools, and environmental agencies including Legacy Inc.
Associated Colleges of the South is a consortium of 16 liberal
arts colleges and universities in 12 Southern states that work
cooperatively to strengthen
academic programs of the member institutions and to promote to others
the nature of a liberal arts education and the vital role it plays in
A junior biology/sociology major, Yost is the daughter of Mike
and Allyne Yost.