SAN Connections - Summer 2017 (1)

Going Green Workshop for Businesses
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Help us spread the word about the FREE Going Green Workshop for businesses, which will be held on Thursday, September 14 from 3-4 PM at the King of Prussia mall.

Businesses will learn good housekeeping practices and other green practices to improve their business.

Register here.

SAN Annual Meeting
Save the date for the SAN Annual Meeting, which will be held on Friday, November 3 from 10AM-4PM.

You'll hear from each of the SAN workgroups and key stakeholders about what a rivatilized river means for their work. 

Keep an eye out for registration that will be announced within the next month! 

SAN Bus Tour
SWIG Tour Eventbrite Photo Join the SAN for a FREE tour of restoration sites in Montgomery County, PA on Wednesday, September 20. 

This tour includes a special press event where the 2017 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund grant awards will be announced by the Schuhylkill River Heritage Area


Municipal Actions to Improve Water Quality in the Delaware River Watershed
From preserving large tracts of forested headwaters to enforcing riparian buffer ordinances and improving stormwater management, over 800 municipalities play key roles in protecting water quality in the Delaware River Basin.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has been conducting a stakeholder-based research project to identify which types of technical assistance and support are most effective in helping municipalities protect and improve water quality. DVRPC formed a Municipal Technical Assistance Advisory Panel (MTAAP) of water quality experts to make recommendations on how to better support or incentivize municipalities.

These recommendations, and other project materials, including municipal case studies, are being published to DVRPC's webpage and will continue to be added.
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Photos courtesy of DVRPC

Sojourn Steward Results
file3-2 2 Sarah Chudnovsky, this year’s Sojourn Steward, tested water quality during her week-long paddle down the Schuylkill River. Click the below links to read about her experience, see some photos, and learn about the data she collected.

Delaware Estuary Open House Workshops
The Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary is being revised and we want your feedback!

The plan is structured around strategies that provide clean water, strong communities, and healthy habitats.

here for one of the workshops taking place in September and October.
Pat Fallon Brandywine Creek Wilmington DE
Photo Credit: Pat Fallon

Tracking Migratory Animals
Photo courtesy of GVWA
Green Valleys Watershed Association is participating in an international collaborative research network that is part of the Motus program. Motus (Latin for "movement") is a program of that uses coordinated radio telemetry arrays to study the movements and migrations of small animals like birds, bats, and insects.

Thanks to GVWA membership support and partnership with
Willistown Conservation Trust, the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Project Owlnet, and the Powdermill Avian Research Center, telemetry receiver array was installed this summer at Welkenweir. The receiver will detect signals given off by wildlife tagged with tiny transmitters, providing critical information on migration and habitat use by hundreds of species that travel through southeastern Pennsylvania.

Trout in the Classroom in Berks County
The Berks County Conservation District is partnering with the Trout Unlimited Tulpehocken Chapter to sponsor a Trout in the Classroom program in every School District in Berks County! Through Trout in the Classroom, students and teachers will raise Brook Trout for an entire school year from egg to fingerling.

Interested Schools or School Districts can contact BCCD Education & Outreach Coordinator, Evan Corondi at; or Watershed Coordinator, Kent Himelright at
Credit TU Tulpehocken Chapter
Photo Credit: Trout Unlimited Tulpehocken Chapter

Stormwater Projects at Schools
Phoenixville Area Middle School rain garden sign

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Immaculata University
Photos courtesy of GVWA
Green Valleys Watershed Association worked with the Phoenixville Area Middle School and  Immaculata University to improve how they capture and treat stormwater on their campuses. Students at both schools assisted GVWA staff and contractors in planting a new rain garden and in naturalizing several university stormwater basins. A sign has been installed by GVWA to educate visitors on the function of these projects to prevent polluted runoff from entering nearby creeks and to support beneficial wildlife.

These projects were completed with funding from
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful; the  Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative, part of Pennsylvania DCNR's Community Conservation Partnerships Program and administered by Natural Lands; and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Growing Greener Grant Program. We would like to thank Immaculata University, the Phoenixville Area School District, the Schuylkill Action Network, and the Valley Creek Restoration Partnership for helping to make these projects possible.


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