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  • Watershed Webinar Series

    B-WET Watershed from Above

    Thank you to everyone who attended our spring 2021 webinars to learn more about watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay! Recordings from these sessions will be available and posted on this page once processed. Interested in attending future sessions? Complete the form!

    No previous knowledge of watersheds is necessary. All are welcome.

    Click Here to be Notified of Future Presentations!
    Questions? Please email scienceoutreach@francis.edu 

  • March 10 — Introduction to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

    Presenter: Mr. Alan Hammond, retired AP Environmental Science teacher

    The formation, early history, economic importance, aesthetic and recreational values of the Chesapeake Bay will be addressed in the power point, along with how human activity in the watershed is negatively affecting the Bay and what is being done to improve water quality in our local streams and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. 

    Resource: Chesapeake Bay Program

    March 24 — Stormwater Pollution, Our Streams and What We Can Do

    Presenter: Mr. Jim Eckenrode, Engineering Lab Manager/Instructor at Saint Francis University

    Please join us to learn how the impacts from nonpoint sources of pollution, such as stormwater, can be abated through the implementation of simple best management practices such as rain barrels, rain gardens and riparian buffers.

    Resources:
    Planting Design Templates for Rain Gardens

    PA DCNR - Landscaping with Native Plants

    Landscaping with Native Plants in PA

    PA Bureau of Forestry - Planting and Seeding Guidelines

    April 7 — Kayaking the Storm Surge: Lessons learned about the environment from 30 years of whitewater boating

    Presenter: Dr. Joel Bandstra, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Saint Francis University

    Joel Bandstra is a professor of environmental engineering at SFU and he loves his profession. But more than that, he loves whitewater kayaking and that passion has given him a front row seat for observing our region's water quality challenges and triumphs over the past three decades. In this talk Dr. Bandstra will share some of the lessons he has learned about stormwater hydrology and environmental hydraulics from the seat of his boat.

    Resource:

    PA Fish and Boat Commission - PA Water Trails

    April 21 — Assessing Impacts to Local Streams

    Presenter: Mr. Jim Eckenrode, Engineering Lab Manager/Instructor at Saint Francis University

    Please join us as we discuss impacts to our local streams and identify assessment tools that can be used by school groups and volunteers to determine the health of a stream. 

    Resources:

    Habitat Assessment Video
    Stream Flowrate Video
    Macroinvertebrates Video

    May 5 — Immersive Technology: Digitally Exploring Nature

    Presenters: Mr. Michael Sell, NOAA B-WET at SFU Project Coordinator
                            Dr. Lanika Ruzhitskaya, Assistant Professor of Physics at Saint Francis University

    Learn how technology can be used as a tool to enrich and complement (*but not replace*) outdoor environmental education. Discover how the Saint Francis University Science Outreach Center developed a virtual tour of the university's Lake Saint Francis Watershed Trail using 360-degree cameras and other tools (Momento360, YouTube, Google Earth, ArcGIS StoryMaps and more). 

    Resource:
    Exploring Watersheds with Immersive Technology

    May 12 — Riparian Buffers and NatureWorks Park

    Presenters: Ms. Suzanne M. Black, Ms. Chelsea Ergler and Ms. Beth Futrick, Blair County Conservation District

    Join the Blair County Conservation District for a walking tour of their NatureWorks Park in Hollidaysburg, PA, for a discussion of sources of water pollution and what we can do in our own backyards to prevent it while looking at real-life examples in the park.

    Resources:
    Blair County Conservation District
    NatureWorks Park