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Welcome to “Watershed Winds”, the Newsletter for the Discovery Watershed Initiative

Posted: July 1, 2010

This space will showcase of some of the tools and approaches developed for nutrient and sediment reduction within Pennsylvania’s watersheds. Many of the best management practices and partnership building activities in the Conewago Watershed, Pennsylvania’s showcase watershed will be highlighted, but other watershed agencies and organizations also have stories to tell.

Goals are to provide tools that will help communities:

  • Reduce pollutant loads
  • Improve local water quality
  • Remove stream impairments
  • Enhance communication among statewide partners.

The program will extend lessons learned from pilots such as the Conewago Creek Collaborative Conservation Initiative (CCCI), a 3-year pilot project in Lancaster-, Lebanon-, and Dauphin Counties, and other successful programs to make them accessible to watershed efforts statewide.

Watershed restoration efforts are nothing new in Pennsylvania. State, municipal, agency and community folks have been cleaning up streams, planting buffers, controlling erosion and more across the state. The mission of this newsletter is to share information among the groups carrying on this vital activity.  Through CCCI, various agricultural and stormwater Best Management Practices are in development or are coming into practice. Information on those practices and opportunities to learn more will be shared here.

The process of identifying and connecting potential partners will be described. Descriptions of resources and expertise that different agencies have available, links to data from stream monitoring, mapping and other resources will be part of the stories told from the Conewago and elsewhere in the state.

We invite municipalities, agencies and watershed groups with stories or information to share to contact us and submit them for sharing.