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July 7, 2003

Birmingham-Southern College student publishes study of local waterways

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 intensity, 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 society.

A junior biology/sociology major, Yost is the daughter of Mike and Allyne Yost.



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