Wolf Administration Highlights Stream Buffers for Role in Protecting Pennsylvania Water Quality

MIDDLEBURG, Pa., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Department of AgricultureCultivation of the ground and harvesting of crops and handling of livestock, the primary function is the provision of food and feed. Secretary Russell Redding today joined students from the Midd-West FFA Chapter planting trees along an un-named waterway in Snyder County to protect and improve water qualityDrinking water quality has a micro-biological and a physico-chemical dimension. There are thousands of parameters of water quality. In public water supply systems water should, at a minimum, be disinfected—most commonly through the use of chlorination or the use of ultra violet ....

“As we approach Earth Day on Saturday, it’s a good time to think about the difference each of us can make protecting our land and waterClimate change is expected to exacerbate current stresses on water resources from population growth and economic and land-use change, including urbanisation. On a regional scale, mountain snow pack, glaciers and small ice caps play a crucial role in freshwater availability. Widespread mass .... Planting trees, especially along streams, helps improve the quality of our water nearby, and downstream,” Dunn said. “Another benefit today is that the trees are being planted by students, raising awareness about of the role farming can play in conservation efforts for young people who are the farmers, teachers, government officials and community leaders of the future.”

The trees are being planted on the 15-acre Midd-West School District Agricultural Education Center and are intended to bufferBuffer storage tanks are a simple construction keeping heat energy through insulation. the waterway from any impacts from a nearby livestock barn on the property.

“Farmers are among the original stewards of our land and water resourcesClimate change is expected to exacerbate current stresses on water resources from population growth and economic and land-use change, including urbanisation. On a regional scale, mountain snow pack, glaciers and small ice caps play a crucial role in freshwater availability. Widespread mass ..., so it’s appropriate that these young people who are studying agriculture as part of their education are learning good water and soil stewardship,” said Redding. “With more than 33,000 active Pennsylvania’s farms located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, we must balance our commitment to a vibrant agricultural sector with our commitment to water quality.”

The Midd-West FFA Chapter is a student-run leadership organization of 330 members enrolled in agricultural education courses at Midd-West High School.

“The agricultural education program at Midd-West High School is committed to providing the most authentic, yet sustainable learning environments for students,” Agricultural Science Instructor David Bittner said. “This includes managing our fields, forests, and waterways just as agricultural producers do every day.”

Dunn noted that DCNR Bureau of ForestryForestry is the management and care of woods, including fellings and plantation of new trees. service foresters located in each of the 20 forest districts statewide can assist landowners with information about planting forest buffersBuffer storage tanks are a simple construction keeping heat energy through insulation..

Forest buffers along stream banks prevent sediments and nutrients from the land from entering the water, and provide shade to help keep water temperatures cooler for trout and other stream life.

DCNR’s mission is connected to water conservation and quality through:

  • Protecting forested landscapes — including woodlands, stream buffers and community trees – that serve as natural filters for pollutants entering waterways;
  • Rivers conservation;
  • Management of lakes, rivers, streams, beaches and shorelines for habitat and recreation;
  • Groundwater knowledge and role in water well drilling;
  • Managing resources to provide water-based recreation; and
  • Grants for green infrastructure in local parks and recreational facilities.

MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Novak, DCNR, 717.579.5177

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

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