Christine Mayer, Director of the Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies at Wilson College, pictured far left with her class behind a groundwater model at the Cumberland County Penn State Extension Office.
This interactive student experience was part of a week-long intensive summer course on watershed stewardship offered through Wilson College’s Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies. Andy Yencha, Penn State Extension’s Water Quality Educator in Cumberland County teamed with Lori Glace, Cumberland County Conservation District’s Watershed Specialist, to provide the programming.
The students used a physical groundwater model (pictured on the table) to see firsthand how groundwater is impacted both positively and negatively, by different types of development, and later took a tour of various best management practices located around the Extension/Conservation District building, including a green roof, several rain gardens and various pervious pavements, to see real-world methods for capturing storm water runoff and encouraging infiltration.
For more resources on managing stormwater, visit Extension's Stormwater Basics series of videos.