The Science is clear: Streamside Buffers improve water quality
“The science is now clear,” says Bernard Sweeney, PhD, Director of the Stroud Water Research Center, “that widespread implementation of streamside forest buffers is one of the simplest, most cost effective approaches to eliminating many of the problems of the Chesapeake Bay…”
Studies by internationally acclaimed Stroud Water Research Center have shown that healthy forests bordering streams not only prevent numerous pollutants from reaching the water, but also multiply the stream’s natural ability to cleanse itself of pollutants that do make their way into the water. On a small farm that is typical of many in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, best management practices including contour farming, terraces, and grass waterways work in tandem with a swale and forested buffer to protect the stream–and therefore, the Chesapeake Bay.
A just released report on The Campaign Contributions & Lobbying Expenditures of the Natural Gas Industry in Pennsylvania authored by Common Cause Pennsylvania provides an eye-opening look at the correlation between campaign contributions of the big players in the Marcellus Shale boom and its success in rapidly expanding operations in the state before the potential for environmental damage from drilling has been fully studied.
A modern-day Gold Rush in a state with “Wild West” campaign finance laws is a potentially dangerous combination. Without a severance tax, how will Pennsylvania pay to mitigate environmental damage, maintain and expand local infrastructure, and cover other costs that result from drilling? And without further study of the environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing for the state’s water supply, and the possible risks to human health, how can we know how great this cost will be?
– Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets authors Alex Kaplan and James Browning
For a personal look inside the gas drilling phenomena and its impacts on local communities, join filmmaker Josh Cox and view his Sundance FIlm Festival award-winning documentary GASLAND at upcoming screenings in our area:
Wednesday, June 2 at the County Theater in Doylestown, PA
Thursday June 3 at Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown, NJ
DID YOU KNOW the average food item we eat travels more than a thousand miles before getting to our plate?
When you “buy local” you get fresher and tastier food, support small farms, contribute to the regional economy, help protect open space, and prevent huge amount of resources going into packaging, shipping, and marketing.
In cities, we have severely altered the natural water cycle; during storms, this can cause street and basement flooding and result in rainwater carrying pollution into our rivers and streams. Greening movements all over the country are finding new ways to manage this problem and are considering stormwater runoff as a resource instead of a waste.
Every homeowner can play a role and have a positive impact through simple actions like disconnecting downspouts, keeping storm drains clean, and diverting rooftop runoff into rain barrels.
Reverend Williams, considered by many to be the Pied Piper of Germantown, demonstrates how every little bit helps: