Our ability to disseminate our findings to a broad audience allows us to increase awareness and create a public dialogue centered on the protection, preservation and restoration of watersheds everywhere. It’s for that reason that our scientists and educators engage in both scientific and public forums to share their findings. The following highlights recent presentations.
American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
Historic Yellow Springs
American Horticultural Society’s 16th Annual National Children
& Youth Garden Symposium
AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION (AWRA)
Stroud senior research scientist and Director, Bernard W. Sweeney, gave the July 1st keynote address at the 3rd quadrennial AWRA Riparian Ecosystems and Buffers Conference: Working at the Water’s Edge. The conference, which draws its speakers from among the most prominent scientists in the fields of riparian ecosystems research around the world, attracts a diverse audience of scientists in addition to: water resources specialists, land management planners, watershed and environmental groups, students, teachers and government and corporate policy makers. This AWRA Summer Specialty Conference was focused on best practices for management of critical Riparian landscape. Sweeney’s presentation, Trees, Streams, and Water Quality, was met with enthusiasm by the group of 250 academics and resource management professionals from around the country.
Stroud research technician, Susan Herbert, also presented findings from an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Monitoring Program on the Importance of streamside reforestation for reducing nonpoint-source pollution in small streams. Results from this study, lead by principal investigator and research scientist, J. Denis Newbold, indicate that 10 years after planting a streamside forest, the nitrate and sediment export are reduced from the watershed by approximately 30% and 55% respectively.
For more information about the AWRA conference, go to:
For coverage of this event by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an event sponsor, go to:
For information on Stroud Water Research Center’s Streamside Forest (or riparian buffer) research, go to:
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HISTORIC YELLOW SPRINGS
The mission of Historic Yellow Springs (HYS) in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania is to share, preserve, and celebrate the unique living village of Yellow Springs. They do so by focusing on history, arts, education — and the environment, which was the subject of guest lecturer and Stroud senior scientist John Jackson, who presented, The Health of the Waters of the Schuylkill River Valley on June 25th.
For more information about Jackson’s Schuylkill research go to: http://www.stroudcenter.org/schuylkill/
“Is Your Water Polluted? These Critters Will Tell You”, a recent NBC10.com online news story, quotes Jackson and comments on the state of the Schuylkill. To read it, go to:
To see the related macroinvertebrate slideshow go to:
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AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY’S 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH GARDEN SYMPOSIUM
Stroud educator Vivian Williams presented, Dream Scene — Gardening for Stormwater, to attendees of the American Horticultural Society’s annual National Children & Youth Garden symposium hosted by the University of Delaware on July 24-26, 2008. Williams discussed ways in which to involve youths in using and presenting best management practices for conserving water in the garden. She spoke about how trees, rain-gardens, impervious surface materials, green roofs and rain barrels are all part of the arsenal of tools for intercepting and redistributing water. Finally, Williams introduced the Media Rain Barrel Project, a program conceived by Stroud educators for school-aged students. This program aims to use rain barrels as a canvas for educating the public about best management practices for dealing with storm water and recharging groundwater.
For more information about the conference, go to:
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