In September 2016, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)awarded funding to the Chesapeake Conservancy for a major restoration and conservation initiative in the Susquehanna River watershed to be conducted in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Susquehanna University, Bloomsburg University, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The three-year initiative will pilot a new approach to conservation with local partners in Pennsylvania’s Centre and Clinton counties to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution from nonpoint sources to improve water quality and scenic beauty. Once complete, the project may serve as a national model.
The York County Stormwater Consortium BMP Reporting Tool is a new resource developed by the Chesapeake Conservancy and the York County Planning Commission to aid in the organization of storm water project proposals. This tool makes it easier for municipalities to submit project proposal requests and for the Commission to review the proposal requests. Using cutting edge data and technology, this tool effectively assists with the planning of stormwater projects and standardizes the project proposal process so that municipalities can track the progress and coordinate their actions towards a common goal.
The North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is an applied science and management partnership that builds upon a long history of collaborative conservation in the North Atlantic region. It is a forum to unite agencies and stakeholders around common goals for sustaining natural and cultural resources, and to develop tools and strategies to achieve those goals in the face of threats and uncertainty.
Chesapeake Conservancy is pioneering the production of high resolution land cover classification data across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. With 1-meter resolution, these datasets are appropriate for a wide variety of environmental applications, including conservation easement monitoring, water quality modeling, landscape connectivity assessments, shoreline change prediction, and more.
The interactive web-mapping tool is the result of a study sponsored by The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and performed by the Chesapeake Conservancy. It provides an on-demand prioritization tool that balances multiple conservation needs along the lower Susquehanna River corridor.
The Chesapeake Conservancy’s award-winning Conservation Innovation Center is hosting two free data workshops in the Lower Susquehanna. These will introduce and gather feedback from conservation practitioners on a suite of datasets and tools that can help enhance land conservation decision-making. Learn more here.
The largest and most extensively studied collection of rock art in Maryland is found along the Susquehanna River in Cecil County. After years of largely being forgotten, the Bald Friar petroglyphs will now be highlighted in an interpretive exhibit at Susquehanna State Park.
The Envision the Susquehanna Core Team, in partnership with researchers from Bucknell University and Lycoming College, completed a community engagement campaign to gauge the “Conservation Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors of residents living along the Susquehanna River Corridor.” The three phases of the research process—informant interviews, strategic plan analysis, and phone survey—work together to provide a picture of community needs and perceptions.
The Chesapeake Conservancy has partnered with the Susquehanna University’s Freshwater Research Institute to map water chemistry and biological data collected as part of the PA Fish & Boat Commission’s Unassessed Waters Initiative.