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Forested Riparian Buffer. Source: Matt Kofroth, LCCD
July 16, 2012

Ag Progress Days are just around the corner! Be sure to check out Penn State's Agriculture and Environment Center while you are there. The AEC is focusing on one best management practice for water quality; riparian buffers. Stop by to learn all you need to know about riparian buffers and what they can do for you and your land.

July 13, 2012

Penn State Extension & the Conewago Creek Initiative Offers “Equine Environmental Stewardship” Course in Dauphin County. Don't miss out on this special workshop designed for horse owners!

A recent graduate from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences holds a jar of pressed and filtered canola oil while standing by canola plants and the New Holland tractor that was converted to run on straight vegetable oil.
July 10, 2012

Weeds, manure, slugs, cows and a vegetable oil-powered tractor are all part of a unique study being conducted in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Natural Resource Conservation Service
June 19, 2012

A news release from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resource Conservation Service explains the accomplishments made in the Chesapeake Bay and how they are making a difference in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. "Landowners using financial, technical assistance to improve water quality."

Manure storage area
June 5, 2012

Recent, tragic loss of life in conjunction with an open air manure storage facility brings to the front the critical need for conversations with all agriculturalists about how to prevent future losses. This fact sheet, developed by Penn State Extension specialists who work with farm safety and manure handling, provides a checklist for ensuring the welfare of those who work near and in manure storage areas.

June 4, 2012

This week's Conewago Currents looks at on-the-farm and on-the-lawn efforts that make a difference for water quality in local waters.

Farm Mapping and E&S Planning System
June 4, 2012

The PAOneStop program is an online tool to help you draw out a professional map of your land. A farm map is an essential part of your Manure Management Plan, farmers. Currently there are over 350 users of the system who have mapped over 1,000 different farms.

United States Department of Agriculture
June 1, 2012

USDA Expands Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program by 20,000 Acres to Benefit Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Mid-Atlantic States.

May 29, 2012

Maintenance is an integral part of successfully establishing a riparian buffer and includes mowing, removing weeds and invasive species, straightening and securing tree stakes and tubes, and generally making sure that the trees have the greatest chance for survival. A thriving buffer has enormous payoffs to the landowner and environment.

Tetra Tech’s Aileen Molloy and Russ Dudley conducted stormwater assessments in the Conewago watershed in December.
May 22, 2012

The Conewago Initiative is a diverse partnership made up of many partners at the federal, state, and local levels, both public and private sectors. One of our private sector partners is Tetra Tech, Inc. 'This work is important because cleaning up the Conewago cannot be borne by our farmers alone; everyone is part of the solution.'

Doug Beegle of Penn State talks about the challenges of nitrogen management at the Conewago Winter Farmers Meeting.
May 14, 2012

Conewago watershed-based farmers gathered for a mid-winter 2012 meeting to hear updates on conservation programs and opportunities available to them as a part of a "showcase" watershed initiative. Topics included manure incorporation, addressing bare spots in pastures, riparian buffers, and practices to improve nitrogen management and efficiency.

Chesapeake Bay Commission
May 10, 2012

As part of its second quarterly meeting in Washington, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay Commission hosted an in-person briefing for Congressional staff and invited guests on the subject of nutrient trading. Due to space limitations, others were able to join via webinar, courtesy of Penn State University. To view the recorded webinar, click on the link below.

May 8, 2012

Drs. Tony Buda, USDA ARS, and Patrick Drohan, Penn State Department of Crop and Soil Science, joined by USDA NRCS - Dan Dostie - discuss the research conducted by PA USDA NRCS, USDA-ARS, and Penn State to look at how saturated soils and soils with fragipans have contributed to higher runoff. These wet landscapes are often critical sources of phosphorus that contribute to loads of pollutants in streams—and should be targeted for conservation practices.

Photo by Tetra Tech
May 8, 2012

The Conewago Initiative seeks ways to improve homeowner design and installation of stormwater practices like rain gardens.

Conservation Professional Training Program
March 7, 2012

This month, the Conservation Professional Training Program is introducing a new initiative to train a national group of conservation professionals to provide the services associated with Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) planning, implementation, and management. CRP is a USDA-NRCS program that promotes permanent cover to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. The new initiative is called the Conservation Reserve Program Readiness Initiative and offers program training for conservation professionals. Penn State Extension and Ag & Environment Center are the Penn State lead in the program and it is funded by the USDA NRCS.

October 10, 2011

Learn some tips for on the farm and around the home this fall!

Pictured above is the new USGS stream gauge on the Conewago.
September 19, 2011

Thinking about fishing the Conewago this weekend and wondering if the forecasted rains will make the stream too high? Thanks to the US Geological Survey, there is now an online tool to help you make the call whether to cancel your plans or not!

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
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.

Conewago Creek Watershed Landowner Survey
September 6, 2011

91% of farmers and 79% of non-farming residents believe its their personal responsibility to protect water quality.