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PSU discusses stormwater concerns of the homeowner

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After a heavy rain, like the one Sunday night throughout Lancaster County, water runs down the yards and fields carrying with it soil and nutrients as well as debris. In a natural habitat, the water is absorbed into the ground and makes its way into streams, creeks and eventually the river. In developed land however the water run off is not a natural flow. It now runs into storm drains or puddles up in yards or on roads. Stormwater management ensures that the run off is controlled.

The Penn State Water Resources Extension is offering a free webinar on the Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater tomorrow. Often stormwater run off can be controlled with the use of rain gardens, rain barrels, riparian buffers, tree plantings, native meadows, and pervious pavers. Home owners should evaluate their property for stormwater runoff.

How to participate?

The hour long live webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, 30 July at noon. Go to https://meeting.psu.edu/water1. Sign in as a “guest”.

The presenter

The presenter will be Kristen Kyler, Project Coordinator for the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center’s Lower Susquehanna Initiative. She holds a degree in Environmental Resource Management (ERM). While still a student, Kyler had interned with both Riparia (the Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

PSU will hold additional webinars on various water resources topics each month. The next session will be 27 August. The subject will be Stormwater/Green Infrastructure. A full schedule of upcoming webinars can be found at: http://extension.psu.edu/water/webinar-series/schedule.

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