Chesapeake Bay

Information on water for agriculture and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including river basin approaches to water management, introduction to watersheds and live staking for stream restoration. Tips on First Investigation of Stream Health.

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Understanding Dairy Business for the Conservation Professional
Understanding Dairy Business for the Conservation Professional - Workshops Workshops
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The goal of this workshop is to help conservationists better understand the dairy business and become more effective communicators when helping dairy farmers consider and implement conservation practices. More
Flooding around your home and on the farm could be leading to issues you need to address. Image Credit: Jennifer Fetter
After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians - Articles Articles

After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians

Jennifer R Fetter, Leon Ressler, Andy Yencha

Parts of Pennsylvania were drenched with heavy rains and flooded streams recently. In addition to drying out wet basements, there are few important things that rural Pennsylvanian’s might want to pay special attention to. More
Washington State Department of Ecology
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Water Quality Trading

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Penn State Agricultural and Environmental Economics Professor, Dr. Jim Shortle, explains water quality trading, what it is, and who does it. More
Water Law and Policy Challenges
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Water Law and Policy Challenges

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Lara Fowler reviews water rights history and law in the western U.S. and lessons for integrated water management in the eastern U.S. More
The Conewago Creek Initiative - A Model for Watershed Engagement
The Conewago Creek Initiative - A Model for Watershed Engagement - Webinars Webinars
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Matt Royer, Director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center, discusses the Conewago Initiative’s approach and results. More
The Costs to Agriculture of Saving the Bay
The Costs to Agriculture of Saving the Bay - Webinars Webinars
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Dr. Jim Shortle from Penn State, discusses the economic costs associated with plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay. More
Tansparency Tube
FISH: Understanding Your Transparency Tube Measurements - Articles Articles
Part of the "First Investigation of Stream Health" activity. Transparency tubes are popular for use in stream monitoring programs. More
Bullfrog. Photo: Lesa Willis
FISH: Pennsylvania Frog and Toad Breeding Phenology - Articles Articles

FISH: Pennsylvania Frog and Toad Breeding Phenology

Jennifer R Fetter, Kristen Kyler

Part of the "First Investigation of Stream Health" activity. In central Pennsylvania there are three distinct periods in which potential species can be expected to begin breeding. More
Water Quality Protection Practices in Pennsylvania Agriculture
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This webinar analyzes the use of water quality protection practices in Pennsylvania agriculture for purposes of reporting to the Chesapeake Bay Program. More
Assessment of Energy Crops to Improve Water Quality
Assessment of Energy Crops to Improve Water Quality - Webinars Webinars
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According to the Chesapeake Bay Model, planting biomass crops like switchgrass and winter crops like winter rye and winter oilseeds can reduce nutrient pollution. More
Photo by Tim Mossholder
Live Staking - A How-to Guide - Videos Videos

Live Staking - A How-to Guide

Jennifer R Fetter, Kristen Kyler

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A video guide to affordable and easy stream bank restoration using branch cuttings called live stakes. More
Watershed Welcome Sign
Introduction to Watersheds - Articles Articles

Introduction to Watersheds

Jennifer R Fetter

Have you ever passed a sign welcoming you to a watershed and wondered what it means? Here are some basic facts about watersheds to help you out. More
After restoring your stream side property, how can you measure the success of your efforts?
First Investigation of Stream Health (FISH) Protocol - Articles Articles

First Investigation of Stream Health (FISH) Protocol

Jennifer R Fetter, Kristen Kyler

Do you enjoy outdoor activities? Become a citizen scientist. First Investigation of Stream Health (FISH) monitors changes to local streams and their habitats. More
Exposed and eroding stream banks can be restored and stabilized through the practice of live staking.
Live Staking for Stream Restoration - Articles Articles

Live Staking for Stream Restoration

Jennifer R Fetter, Kristen Kyler

A brief introduction and instructional guide to using live staking as an inexpensive and simple technique to restoring eroding stream banks. More
Watershed Resources for Teachers and Students
Watershed Resources for Teachers and Students - Articles Articles
Curricula ideas for the classroom and the field. More
River Basin Approaches to Water Management in the Mid-Atlantic States
River Basin Approaches to Water Management in the Mid-Atlantic States - Articles Articles
Interstate conflict over water resources is growing in the Mid-Atlantic region. As population increases and industries and energy sources shift, water becomes in greater demand. More
A Primer on Water Quality Credit Trading in the Mid-Atlantic Region
A Primer on Water Quality Credit Trading in the Mid-Atlantic Region - Articles Articles
Water quality credit trading is a tool for reducing the cost of controlling nutrients and sediments that severely impact streams, rivers, lakes, and estuaries. More
Vertical Flow Wetlands
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Vertical Flow Wetlands

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Vertical flow wetlands (VFW) are a relatively new tool for treating waters acidified by mining or acid deposition. More