News from TU National
VFTU Meetings Speakers
Tim and Joan Flagler, founders of Tightline Productions, a production company specializing in video for the outdoor industry. All their videos are now housed and updated on their YouTube channel at www.practicalpatterns.com. Tim is featured in both MidCurrent.com and the OrvisNews.com Fly Fishing blog as well as several other sites.
Other Environmental Organizations
Trout in the Classroom Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12 engage in stream habitat study, learn to appreciate water resources, begin to foster a conservation ethic, and grow to understand ecosystems.
Canaan Valley Institute Canaan Valley Institute is a nonprofit, non-advocacy organization committed to helping communities in the Mid-Atlantic region build their capacity to address environmental or economic problems by implementing locally determined solutions.
Center for Watershed Protection Founded in 1992, the Center for Watershed Protection is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that provides local governments, activists, and watershed organizations around the country with the technical tools for protecting some of the nation’s most precious natural resources: our streams, lakes and rivers.
The Chester County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the Pipeline Information Center website. The website provides a wide range of objective information on proposed pipeline projects, regulatory agencies, the regulatory process, pipeline maps, and other pipeline resources. A goal of this initiative is to promote pipeline safety and public awareness through a partnership with pipeline providers, regulators, municipal governments, and other agencies.
Delaware Riverkeeper The Delaware Riverkeeper and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network stand as vigilant protectors and defenders of the River, its tributaries and its watershed committed to restoring the natural balance where it has been lost and ensuring its preservation where it still exists.
Natural Lands Trust Natural Lands Trust protects the forests, fields, wetlands, and streams that are essential to the sustainability and quality of life in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.
Stroud Water Research Center The Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance the knowledge of freshwater ecosystems through interdisciplinary research into all aspects of streams, rivers and their watersheds.
Maps, Information and Data
Environmental conservation is an important issue in today’s world, and there are lots of ways to help in your own backyard. Now more than ever, it is vital to preserve our planet and its natural resources, like water, soil, plants and wildlife. Everyone can help out by recycling, using less water, and making the community more eco-friendly. Many of these activities can be fun, too!
Backyard Environmental Education You probably like to play in your backyard, but did you know that your backyard can be a great place to learn about wildlife, plants, trees, conservation, and other science topics? Even if you live in the city with a very small backyard behind your home, you can still explore nature and wildlife to learn about the environment. This link was suggested by Ms. Ainsworth’s elementary school students who were participating in an environmental science class.
Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Red Streams Blue The goal of the Red Streams Blue Program is to ensure that all streams in the Brandywine and Red Clay Watersheds meet Pennsylvania and Delaware water quality standards. Our map shows the streams that do not meet water quality standards in red. Blue streams meet the standards.
Stroud Water Research Center Real Time Data Stroud™ Water Research Center is overcoming the obstacles to large near-real-time data collection networks by using Arduino, an open source electronics platform. We are sharing our experiences building wireless sensor networks in an online community, so that anyone can replicate and implement their own versions of our instrumentation. To follow our progress and share your experiences, visit EnviroDIY.org. View real-time data at data.envirodiy.org
Chester County Conservation District An organization dedicated to addressing natural resource conservation in the sustainable use of those resources by the citizens of Chester County through education and technical assistance.
Chester County Water Resources Authority The Water Resource Authority provides the water resource science, engineering and planning necessary to protect public safety, preserve the integrity of Chester County’s natural water resources and watershed systems, and balance the needs of all water users in support of landscapes, watersheds, and planned growth for Chester County.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection This agency web site offers links to all state programs and provides status reports on on-going environmental projects.