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May 22, 2019by ncdea

WEST VIRGINIA, Shenandoah Valley SWCD – Horticulture students at Broadway High School left the classroom on Tuesday for a hands-on lesson on water conservation which will leave behind a lasting impact in the community.
Plants and bushes were placed at a new bioretention site next to the school’s parking lot.

“This serves as a conservation practice to detain and slow down the water and help filter out any pollutants or sediment, bacteria, etc., that’s in the water before it’s released to the natural channel,” said Megen Dalton, a district manager with the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District.

“Not only is this important for Broadway High School students,” Dalton said, “but it’s important for them to understand the impact on the community and for other community members to see and understand stormwater and practices such as this.”

Source: Broadway students
break a sweat to improve water quality

May 14, 2019by ncdea

MAINE, Waldo County SWCD – Wild bird species of Maine are currently facing many stresses that are causing their populations to decline. Many migratory birds are facing habitat loss in winter habitats and along their migratory routes.

One thing humans can do for birds is assure that they can find suitable places in our Maine woodlands to nest and raise young. What are the things that can be done to make woodlands suitable for a wide variety of birds to thrive? Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District, Maine Audubon and the Maine Forest Service are offering a free outdoor workshop on Forestry for Maine Birds, on Thursday, May 23 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast.

Source: Workshop offered on forestry management for bird conservation | PenBay Pilot

May 11, 2019by ncdea

PENNSYLVANIA, Cambria County CD, Somerset CD – Dodging raindrops, fifth- and sixth-grade students from Divine Mercy Catholic Academy released roughly 50 brook trout into Bens Creek at Ferndale Sportsmen’s Club as part of the Trout in the Classroom program, which teaches students how to care for the fish from the egg phase to fingerlings.

The program was being held in partnership with Brandywine Conservancy with support from the Cambria County Conservation District, Stonycreek Conemaugh River Improvement Project, Somerset Conservation District, Mountain Laurel Trout Unlimited and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Marian Cyburt, fifth- and sixth-grade science teacher at DMCA’s East campus, said the program provides students with an experience where they learn by doing.

“The fish tanks are integrated into our classrooms so that students can watch the fish grow, observe changes to their habitats, monitor the water quality and see how water quality can affect aquatic life for better or worse,” she said. “The point of the program is to learn about the life cycle of the trout, conservation and water quality.”

Source: ‘Bringing science to life’: Divine Mercy students hold trout release | News |

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