The Conewago Currents Newsletter

Posted: September 2, 2011

Beginning Fall 2011, the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center website will feature one article each week from the Conewago Currents. The Conewago Currents is a newsletter that that explores the discoveries underway in the Conewago Creek Initiative - a targeted watershed approache - providing updates on what is being done to improve water quality impacts from all landscapes - working lands, neighborhoods, and public lands. 'The Coordinator's Report', authored by Penn State Extension's Matt Royer, provides an overview of the work underway in this season. Enjoy and remember to visit AEC News each week for a new post from the Conewago Currents.
Watershed community events and workshops abounded this summer.

Watershed community events and workshops abounded this summer.

The Coordinator's Report

It has been a busy summer in the Conewago watershed. “Community outreach” has been the theme. And as you read below, there is good reason to be excited about the Conewago community: preliminary results of from our recent landowner survey indicates that Conewago farmers and residents have a high interest in and take personal responsibility for clean water.

We’ve held several events and workshops this summer as Conewago Initiative partners work hard to take the message to the community. In July, Capital Area RC&D sponsored a buffer walk at the Wenger farm, where landowners learned how to take advantage of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), received a hands on invasive species identification course, and learned about stream restoration practices. An evening forestry workshop for woodlot land-owners, held at the Governor Dick Environmental Center and sponsored by USDA NRCS, was well attended. Participants learned about the importance of forest management for healthy watersheds and USDA cost share programs for forest stewardship planning and practices. Initiative representatives were on hand at South Londonderry Township National Night Out and the Pennsylvania Chautauqua in Mount Gretna, where speakers presented tips on how homeowners can do their part for clean water by “going native.”

And if you missed us at these summer events, catch our booth at the Elizabethtown Fair all this week, or join us at Haldeman Mansion in Bainbridge the morning of September 10 as we introduce the critters of the watershed to the entire family!

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