SAN Connections - Spring 2017

Sojourn Steward Assesses the Schuylkill
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Follow Sarah on her journey down the Schuylkill River as she assesses the health of the river.

She’ll be posting daily blogs, including pictures of visual indicators of water quality, as well as her results from water quality testing.

You can follow her by visiting our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or searching #SojournSteward.

Success in the Saucony
Over the past two decades, SAN partners have been working with farmers to improve practices, such as installing waste storage systems, planting trees, keeping cows out of streams, planting cover crops, and more.

As a result of all of these farming improvement practices, the Borough of Kutztown has seen significant improvements in water quality. Nitrate levels in their drinking water wells levels have dropped from 8.0 mg/l to 4.0 mg/l, allowing for safer, cleaner drinking water.

For the full report, click here. And coming soon is a short summary outreach piece!
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Schuylkill Street Art Contest Winners
Montgomery County 1st Place - Ellie Crane 10th Grade
Artwork credit: Ellie Crane
We’re happy to announce the winners of the Schuylkill Street Art Contest! The four 1st place winners for each county are: This summer the winning designs will be transformed into temporary street art stickers that will be installed around storm drains across the four counties.

Protecting Our Water Awards 
Congratulations to the 3 schools who won this year’s Protecting Our Water (POW) Awards! These awards are giving to schools that help protect drinking water.
  • Miquon School – Students engaged in watershed curriculum in support of the stream restoration project running through their campus.
  • Schuylkill Haven Area High School  – The Biology club planted trees on Arbor Day and volunteered at Schuylkill Scrub cleanups with Schuylkill Keep It Pretty
  • The Montgomery School – Students raised trout in the classroom, monitored water quality, and will be conducting at-home water audits to find ways to conserve water.
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Photo Credit: The Miquon School

Marking Storm Drains in the Schuylkill
Schuylkill Bass The SAN now has its own Schuylkill-specific storm drain marker!

These markers are available for any municipality/group to customize with their information and purchase.

Email vvassalotti@delawareestuary.org if you are interested in purchasing these markers for your community!

Protecting Crystal Lake 
Volunteers are helping to protect source water at Crystal Lake through the Mount Penn Borough Municipal Authority’s Source Water Protection committee.

Volunteers helped removed brush, weeds, and learned about what impacts water quality. 
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Photo credit: Teresa Christof

Teaching Students in the Headwaters
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Photo credit: Schuylkill Headwaters Association
Schuylkill Headwaters Association taught students from Tamaqua High school about abandoned mine treatment systems.

They then helped test the water coming out of the system, testing for chemical parameters and sampling for macroinvertebrates.

A big thanks to everyone who volunteered at a Schuylkill Scrub cleanup this year!

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