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Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – February 2018

Posted: February 14, 2018

Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.

‘Mighty Mite’ meets its match

What good can be said of the recent bone chilling, super-freezing, sub-zero temperatures?

EnviroDIY Sensors Track Road Salt Levels in Streams

During 2017, Stroud Water Research Center provided over 30 EnviroDIY sensor stations to watershed groups working in the Delaware River Basin to support monitoring, education, and outreach. The sensor stations have been used recently for improving our understanding of the issue of salt pollution in streams and rivers

Berries and Nuts: a Different Approach to Riparian Buffers

Stroud Water Research Center has been encouraging streamside reforestation for decades to improve water quality and stream health. But for some landowners, the thought of taking agricultural land out of production has been a big hurdle. What if you could plant a buffer that would protect a stream and yield a crop? The idea: plant riparian buffers with trees and shrubs that produce nuts, berries, or ornamental twigs that can be harvested without disturbing the soil. Last fall, Austin Unruh of Crow and Berry Land Management planted a demonstration buffer to see if he could combine conservation and commercial production. The plot was funded by a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant administered by Stroud Water Research Center.

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