This introductory webinar series is a step-by-step, seven-part course on the important aspects of stream health and stormwater systems. Sessions build on each other to explain the relationship between human activity and water quality. These webinars also review strategies to improve regional water quality and manage stormwater.
Chapter 1 | What is Stream Health?
This opening webinar introduces the audience to the concepts of stream mechanics, watersheds and stream health. This content provides the foundation for discussing related topics in the next chapters.
Chapter 2 | Evaluating Stream Health: What to Look For
This session explains how to measure stream health and what you can do to determine the health of your local stream.
Chapter 3 | Sediment and Erosion: Public Enemy No. 1
Did you know that sediment is the number one pollutant in PA waterways? Learn more about sediment, how erosion occurs and how both concepts impact our water quality.
Chapter 4 | Problems and Potential of Infrastructure
Pennsylvania is home to dense, interconnected roadways and a high concentration of streams, often located beside one another. This session will explore the impacts of roadways and other infrastructure such as utility lines on stream health.
Chapter 5 | Nutrients: Good or Bad?
Nutrients are a natural and essential part of any stream ecosystem, but too much of a good thing is often bad. Learn where excess nutrients come from, and how they can impact water quality.
Chapter 6 | What Can Municipalities Do?
Municipalities have a part to play in protecting stream health and reducing stormwater. Learn what steps municipalities can take to improve water quality in your community.
Chapter 7 | Homeowner Solutions
Get an overview of practical actions that a property owner can put in place to reduce stormwater and improve water quality.
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