SAN Connections Fall 2015
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SAN Connections                                                             Fall 2015
photo credit Elizabeth Wilson of Valley Creek in Valley Forge PA
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Where Do You Want to See the SAN in 5 Years?

The Schuylkill Action Network is in the process of updating its 5 year strategic plan on protecting and restoring the Schuylkill River and its tributaries. An important part of this process is to hear from all of the SAN members (and non-members!) about how the SAN can be improved.

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this short survey and forward it on to others!
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SAN Awarded as Advocate of the Watershed 

SAN was awarded the Advocate of the Watershed award from the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy.

We’d like to give a big thanks to all of our partners (like you!) who make the SAN so successful
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Schuylkill Shots Winners

Every Stream Matters when it comes to clean water. Smaller upstream waterways connect to larger downstream creeks, rivers, lakes, bays, and coastal waterways. Protecting upstream waters is critical for clean drinking water, agriculture, our economy, and healthy communities and ecosystems.
 
Be sure to check out the 12 amazing winners from the Every Stream Matters Photo Contest at the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington, DE before the exhibit closes on Dec 14!

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SAN Annual Meeting

The 2015 SAN Annual Meeting was a success with over 70 participants attending the conference. The meeting focused on success stories in the Schuylkill watershed and how SAN partners can better communicate these improvements to the general public.

For more information on the annual meeting, click here.
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Help Map Trash Hot-Spots in the Schuylkill!

Every spring, the Schuylkill Action Network coordinates the Schuylkill Scrub, a cleanup initiative throughout the entire Schuylkill Watershed.

For the 2016 Schuylkill Scrub, help us map locations in need of cleanups. Enter the locations here.

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How Philly is Fighting Litter

In October, the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta and Philadelphia Water partnered to give away more than 12,000 reusable water bottles to help fight plastics pollutions.

Philadelphia Water also announced water-refilling stations that will span Kelly Drive from East Falls to Boathouse row. Keep an eye out for the stations next spring!
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A Great Year for the Schuylkill River Trail

The Schuylkill River Trail was voted the Best Urban Trail out of 20 urban trails throughout the country!
 
The trail even got its own beer this year! Sly Fox Brewery created the SRT ale and raised over $4,000 to help maintain the Schuylkill River Trail. Don’t worry; they plan to bring back the beer in 2016!

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Manayunk Bridge Trail Opening

The 1918 Manayunk Bridge will reopen as a recreational trail connecting Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Lower Merion to Manayunk and the nearby Schuylkill River Trail.

Read more about the opening here.
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Why Manage Manure?

About one-third of the Schuylkill Watershed land is used for farming. In Berks County, many of these farms are small, family-owned, dairy farms. In order to produce milk, cows need to eat a lot, which also means they produce a lot of manure. How farmers manage this manure impacts the health of the Schuylkill River and its tributaries.

Manure storage 
facilities/tanks can store manure for up to six months (during the winter months), so it can be spread as a natural fertilizer on crops in the spring. These structures prevent manure from running off and polluting our waterways, while also benefiting the land and water from using less chemical fertilizers.

Read more about farm projects, through Philadelphia Water’s blog.
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Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Recipients

The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund, administered by the Schuylkill River Hertiage Area, awarded nearly $275,000 to nine projects that will improve water quality in the Schuylkill River and its tributaries. These projects will reduce stormwater pollution, help green farms, prevent coal silt from washing into the river, and protect valuable watershed forests.

For a full list of award recipients and project summaries, click here.
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