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Penn State Public Broadcasting Enhances Telling of the Conewago Story

Integrated watershed approaches involve many partners - from the producers and landowners who are willing to implement new best management practices - to the many conservation professionals who provide support and assistance in doing so. But capturing and telling the story is WPSU Public Broadcasting's contribution to the Conewago Initiative.
Diane Espy, producer for Penn State Public Broadcasting (far right), conducts onsite interviews with Conewago Partners

Diane Espy, producer for Penn State Public Broadcasting (far right), conducts onsite interviews with Conewago Partners

There are a tremendous number of partners who contribute to the "integrated watershed approach" underway in the Conewago Creek and its tributaries.  Penn State Extension, along with the Conservation Districts, USDA NRCS, local watershed organization, private sector and PA Department of Environmental Protection, routinely meet with producers, landowners, and area residents.  Together, they discuss and assess the value and outcomes of best management practices underway in all landscapes - and their contribution to reducing the amount of sediments and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) that pollute local waterways and flow downstream to contribute to the degradation of the Chesapeake Bay.

But one partner - Penn State Public Broadcasting - brings the quality of story telling and documentation that will ensure that the lessons learned in the Conewago Creek Collaborative Initiative, a showcase watershed effort, continue to benefit Pennsylvania's many watersheds in the years to come.  Thanks to the talents of Diane Espy, producer with Penn State Public Broadcasting, and the support of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the partners' collaborative efforts are captured - and disseminated for the benefit of the many who work Commonwealth-wide, Bay-wide and nationally to improve water quality, ecosystems, and the community-at-large.

Photo Credit:  AnneLiese Nachman, Penn State Communication Arts and Sciences Major, Class of 2014