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Your neighbors and your community may already be taking big steps to help reduce water pollution. Farmers, townships and cities, businesses, and homeowners are using practices on their land to help protect our waterways. Many of these practices may look unfamiliar and go unnoticed. Recognizing what to look for is a first step to appreciating the good work being done for water all around you.
In this guide, you will discover some of the most popular practices being used in urban, suburban, and rural areas. By noticing and appreciating the progress being made, we can all be part of protecting our local water.
Using This Guide
This guide includes some of the most popular best management practices for water quality. Pictures of each practice from different perspectives and in different settings will help you narrow it down. But every site is unique and what you find in your community may look different from what you see here.
The Roadside Guide to Clean Water includes information on:
- Cover Crops
- Grassed Waterways
- Manure Storage and Application
- Native Meadows
- Porous and Permeable Paving Materials
- Proper Pet Waste Disposal
- Rain Gardens
- Riparian Buffers
- Sediment Barriers
- Stormwater Basins
- Streambank and Floodplain Restoration
- Urban and Suburban Trees
- Vegetated Swales
The University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science has released its annual Chesapeake Bay Report Card for 2019. Data and scoring is available by both indicator (dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorous, turbidity, etc) and region for the entire Bay Watershed.
The report card is available here.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Flow rates and time of year must be taken into account to better understand the potential risks posed by emerging organic contaminants in rivers and streams, according to Penn State researchers who studied contaminant concentrations and flow characteristics at six locations near drinking water intakes in the Susquehanna River basin.
While many studies have looked at the levels of emerging organic contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides in rivers and their effect on aquatic life, this is one of the first projects to closely correlate pollutant levels with flows, noted researcher Heather Preisendanz, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering.
Read full story here.
Roger Rohrer, a poultry and crops farmer from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, shares his insights on creating rich habitat and cleaner water through riparian forested stream buffers.
DEP Offers Free Webinar on How to Apply for Environmental Education Grants
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa., encouraged Pennsylvania’s farmers to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Interested producers must complete an initial, short application by Friday in order to participate in the current annual funding cycle.
Phil Dress and Glen Steiner, both from Allentown, and Gary Mitchell, of Lewistown, drove to Centre County on April 11 to help the Fish and Boat Commission stock Bald Eagle Creek with rainbow trout, and to do some fishing of their own in Spring Creek. Read more