Report on the condition of the 86,000 miles of streams and rivers and 161,455 lake acres in Pennsylvania, as well as descriptions of pollution control and monitoring programs.
Summary of the Department of Environmental Protection's program to plug abandoned oil and gas wells. It is estimated that as many as 760,000 wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania, and over 500,000 remain unaccounted for.
Presentation outlining the extent and impact of abandoned mine lands in Pennsylvania, as well as efforts to restore them.
The purpose of this guide is to provide options for communities seeking to implement floodplain regulations which reduce flood damage and overall impacts of floods. This guide is not a substitute for for a set of community floodplain regulations; rather, it is a guide to enhancing existing regulations.
Pennsylvania’s waterways face numerous threats, including excess nutrient loading, sedimentation, decreased flow, chemical pollutants, invasive
species, access, and recreational conflict. In the last decade, there was a rapid expansion of community watershed organizations (CWOs) aimed at solving local watershed issues across the commonwealth and the nation. The development of local, volunteer-led watershed organizations seems to represent a paradigm shift to a community-based approach for generating long-term solutions to local watershed problems.
Personnel from Penn State's Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology prepared the report under a grant from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.
Presentation regarding PA's regulations regarding water protection in Marcellus Shale drilling.
Presentation regarding dam removal benefits and techniques
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses a Community Rating System (CRS) that can unlock significant flood insurance savings for communities. Nature-based solutions—such as open space protection and wetland restoration—can effectively reduce flood risk and are creditable components of the CRS. The conservation community can and should partner with municipalities to plan and design “nature-based solutions” that restore and protect natural areas, reduce flood risk and earn citizens a discount on their flood insurance rates.
This presentation focuses on dam removal techniques and benefits
This is a stream restoration case study that discusses re-grading the steep eroding stream banks, planting a native riparian buffer and establishing fish habitat improvement structures.
Guide to building and improving dirt and gravel roads in a way that minimizes erosion, runoff, and other environmental impacts.
Outlines the cost and completion status of PFBC projects funded by Growing Greener as of 2017.
Guide to floodplain management and model regulations to protect floodplains.
This publication is a guide to aid large property owners with innovative green projects to reduce stormwater pollution. It contains stormwater management practices and site examples.
This is a case study of a streambank restoration project in Montgomery County utilizing bioengineering (bio-structural) design rather than "hard engineering" methods to prevent erosion.
Presentation focuses on water resource planning.
Presentation by Dr. Dorothy Merritts (F&M College) on research, done jointly with Dr. Robert Walter, which defines legacy sediment, describes the characteristics of legacy sediment and its distribution with respect to historic mill dams; and provides examples of recent stream restoration sites with legacy sediment impairments.
Study finds that 81% of farms in Virginia's two largest agricultural counties fail to fence cows out of streams, contributing to pollution.
Survey of experienced conservation staff in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that highlights key strategies for working with rural landowners to implement conservation practices to improve water quality such as riparian buffers and streambank fencing. The survey was conducted with the long-term goal of developing a training course to help entry-level and mid-career conservation staff better work with landowners.
This publication is an informational guide to native species appropriate for planting in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and adjacent coastal regions. It includes color photographs of the species, making it a user-friendly resource for landscape design.
Map of all rivers and streams in Pennsylvania.
The booklet informs citizens on issues related to water conservation, ensuring that private water supply systems produce safe drinking water for your family, protecting the long-term quality of our streams and drinking water sources, and helping you to understand the potential sources of pollution to our water resources. The booklet provides general information explaining certified water testing, chain-of-custody, and drinking water regulations and standards. It provides information related to the health (primary standards) or aesthetic (secondary standards) concerns for each parameter and provides information on water quality parameters that do not specifically have a drinking water limit. This reference is intended as a guide to understand water quality by providing guidance on selecting water quality testing parameters for baseline testing from a citizen's perspective and by serving as a tool to help interpret water quality data. In some cases, this document provides guidance on what actions you may want to consider.
The booklet can be accessed at http://www.slideshare.net/interpro63/pennsylvania-private-well-owners-manual or http://www.private-well-owner.org.
This presentation focuses on various barriers and opportunities in generating public and agency support and cooperation in local watershed protection efforts.
The study is to determine potential revenues from House Bill 20, PN 1846 of 2017; the necessary fee rates to generate annual revenues of $500 million, $300 million, and $100 million; and potential revenue from each of the major watersheds in Pennsylvania.
List of Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission projects funded through Growing Greener II.
Presentation on nutrient trading programs.
At current user rates, the updated (2015) total drinking water and wastewater gap over the next 10 years in Pennsylvania is $18.6 billion, $10.2 billion for drinking water and $8.4 billion for wastewater. That total is reduced to $4.2 billion if rates are increased to 1.5 percent of median household income.
This study underscores the economic value of clean water in the Laurel Highlands region and illustrates the “return on the environment” (ROE) that comes from restoration and conservation projects. Restoring damaged streams, conserving natural habitats, and preservingdrinkable and recreationally useful water all provide economic benefit to the region. Incorporating these benefits into policy and funding decisions will help create an environment in which both the economy and the watersheds can thrive.
Presentation includes information on watershed planning, scientific research on hellbenders, fish, macroinvertebrates, and freshwater mussels, as well as information concerning conservation easements.