Initiative Advisory Committee
The Department of Civil Engineering was recently awarded a $2 million gift from the RBC Blue Water Project to develop a multi-disciplinary, world class watershed research, education and outreach program. This initiative is creating exciting new opportunities for students, faculty and the general public regarding the health and sustainability of our watersheds. One of the critical challenges in education is bridging the gap between classroom theory and hands-on, real-world realities. This gift represents a fundamental foundation upon which we are developing the tools and experiences needed to engage students of all levels and from faculties and department across Queen’s, to realize the importance of watersheds and their role in protecting, enhancing and preserving them.
Many of the programs are centered at the Kennedy Field Station. This site is unique in its ability to train the leaders of tomorrow in the complex watershed issues which are facing water resources across the country and which combine to affect environmental and human health, along with industrial and commercial sustainability. The Station is also the epicentre of a new model watershed, unique in its ability to shed light on the complex interactions occurring within watersheds across Canada and around the world.