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STREON removed from NEON budget

Published On: 8/14/2015

Stream experiments no longer included in National Ecological Observatory Network


The recent announcement from the National Science Foundation that the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is changing scope and altering management has repercussions for freshwater science. Most notably, the STReam Experimental Observatory Network (STREON) has been removed from the budget. STREON was the only experimental component of NEON. Ten sites were selected for chronic nutrient enrichment and removal of consumers.

Planned construction for NEON aquatic sites will go ahead, with the exception of two relocatable sites.  These sites will be used for observational studies only.

Walter Dodds (Kansas State University) is one of the Technical Working Group members for STREON. He writes:

I am deeply disappointed that the STREON was removed from NEON for budgetary reasons.  Loss of the experiment in addition to the spatial inference is a big loss of potential science to ecologists, stream or otherwise. I hope that the National Science Foundation finds a way to fund this research outside of NEON as they have indicated that they will try to do.




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