Downstream participates in “Balloon Mapping” workshop

This short video trailer captures the essence of a two-day balloon mapping workshop that was held at Andy Guest State Park on July 20 and 21. Our thanks to Beverly Pearce of Denizen Media for pulling this program together and to Adam Griffith of PLOTS (Public Laboratory of Open Technology and Science) for such an […]

PA Court supports local fracking limits

A Pennsylvania court on Thursday struck down a provision of a state law that forbade municipalities to limit where natural gas drilling can take place within their boundaries. Read the New York Times Article.

Our Eyes On….Fracking (featuring the Waterdogs)

This is the first in a series of stories about the genesis of citizen water monitoring efforts in North Central Pennsylvania in response to the rush to Marcellus Shale drilling and its potential effects on our water. The Pine Creek Waterdogs, God’s Country Waterdogs, and local Trout Unlimited chapters provide hands-on monitoring to measure water […]

We Can’t Do It Alone

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation A volunteer tree-planting on Darrell and Crystal Landes’ farm in Rockingham County, Virginia, demonstrates how the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) partners with farmers, volunteers, and state and federal cost-share programs to ensure clean water and healthy farms. The work on the Landes’ farm is part of a larger outreach and technical […]

The Fracking Controversy

By The Casey Research Energy Team The news that Blackstone Group LP (BX), the world’s largest private equity firm, is set to invest $1 billion in unconventional oil and gas projects in North America through a joint venture with Alta Resources has cemented a spotlight on fracking. A U.S. Senate committee is currently conducting a […]

The Whole Fracking Enchilada

Great Article from Orion Magazine

Streamside Livestock Exclusion: A tool for increasing farm income and improving water quality

Did you know that livestock, like humans, prefer a clean water source and are healthier and more productive when they drink clean water? Virginia producers who have restricted or eliminated livestock access to streams and farm ponds and converted to a clean, alternative water source have observed increased livestock productivity, improved water quality, and restored stream banks on their farms. As a consequence, livestock stream exclusion practices are gaining popularity across Virginia. This publication, produced through the cooperation of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, describes the findings, experiences, and successes of individual producers who are limiting livestock stream access.

Marcellus Shale Workshop, May 5, in Harrisonburg

View a video from SVN’s May 5 Marcellus workshop in Harrisonburg

The Clean Water Act: Have your representatives sponsored the bill?

Go to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Website and search your district.

Take the River Network’s Clean Water Act Course

This course is designed to give you options about how to learn about the Clean Water Act based on your interests.The course is meant as a companion to the River Network book, The Clean Water Act: An Owner’s Manual. Course content is structured to help you: isolate specific problems identify possible solutions develop and leverage […]