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The Conewago Initiative: Landowners Wanted for Stormwater Student Project

Posted: September 12, 2011

Interested in working with students to plan 'green' approaches that improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and enhance the beauty of your property? Fall 2011 holds wonderful opportunities for Conewago-based households.
Residential and commercial landowners in the Conewago can work with Penn State students and faculty this fall to develop recommendations for green stormwater management on their properties. Photo by Dick Brown

Residential and commercial landowners in the Conewago can work with Penn State students and faculty this fall to develop recommendations for green stormwater management on their properties. Photo by Dick Brown

Residential and commercial landowners based in the Conewago Creek watershed (east bank of the Susquehanna) who are interested in learning what they can do on their own properties to improve water quality now have an exciting option.

This fall, Penn State landscape architecture and engineering students and their respective faculty will work with interested Conewago landowners to develop site-specific concept plans and recommendations for managing stormwater using “green” approaches that improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and enhance the beauty of the landscape.

The “hands on” course is being offered by Professor Kelleann Foster to her landscape architecture students at Penn State University Park and Dr. Shirley Clark to her hydrological engineering students at Penn State Harrisburg.  The students will work closely with property owners and will first review a property assessment checklist, then gather background site information about the property. Armed with this information, the students will meet the landowner for a site visit to assess the landscape, identify problem areas and opportunities, and discuss with the landowner their objectives and needs.

The project will culminate in a workshop on Saturday, November 5, where the students will present the concept plans and recommendations they have developed for the landowners along with suggestions and resources for implementation. Conewago Creek Initiative partners will participate in the workshop to offer many of these suggestions and resources.

Prospective landowners interested in working with the students on this exciting project should contact Matt Royer at mroyer@psu.edu. Space for the one-on-one work with the students will be limited to six landowners.  The workshop will be open to a broader audience.