Information technology major Scott Maziarz ’07 combined his interests in Web design and environmental conservation recently, thanks to a collaborative project involving a local watershed association and PSU’s Center for the Environment (CFE). With a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the Baker River Watershed Association (BRWA) teamed up with the Center for the Environment to create a Web site for the BRWA. Working with the Center, Maziarz designed and built the Web site for BRWA, a local organization dedicated to protecting the area surrounding the Baker River. The site, www.bakerriverwatershed.org, will be an important tool to communicate information about conservation efforts, research studies and other outreach materials.
“This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between PSU and a local nonprofit organization to develop and host a Web page as a mechanism for membership outreach and to build interest in watershed protection,” said Bruce Jackson of the White Mountain National Forest, who is a member of the BRWA’s steering committee.
June Hammond Rowan, outreach and development coordinator for the CFE, wrote and organized much of the content for the Web site, which includes information about the watershed itself, as well as recent conservation efforts. Maziarz met with members of the watershed association several times to plan for the design of the site. The site was launched with help from PSU’s Information Technology department.
For Maziarz, designing the Web site was a “great experience” that allowed him to unite his interests in technology and environmental issues while serving community interests.
“It has given me an opportunity to take some of my knowledge from the classroom and use it out in the real world while I’m still in school,” Maziarz said. “Working and collaborating with other members of a team toward a common goal has also been a beneficial experience, and I think it will help me in my future career. It has been a pleasure to take part in a project that will reach out to the community and help raise awareness.”
Dick Flanders of the BRWA steering committee said the new Web site will be instrumental in helping increase awareness of watershed issues in the towns and communities surrounding the Baker River.
“Linking up with PSU expertise will allow the Baker River Watershed Association to expand its message and build on its grassroots efforts. We look forward to working with PSU’s Center for the Environment in the future to keep the Web site updated and provide user-friendly and timely information for the benefit of local towns, our members and the general public,” Flanders said.
The Baker River Watershed Association Web site is online at www.bakerriverwatershed.org.
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