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  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to Receive the 2014 Stroud Award For Freshwater Excellence
    Water Research Center A Lifetime of Protecting and Restoring Fresh Water Kennedy was named one of Time magazine s Heroes of the Planet for his success in helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River The group s achievement helped launch 222 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe Kennedy serves as president of Waterkeeper Alliance vice chair and chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pace University School of Law s Environmental Litigation Clinic and is co host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio Please join us as we recognize Mr Kennedy s contributions to freshwater stewardship Thursday October 23 6 9 p m Longwood Gardens Tickets for the gala are 200 for those ages 21 40 and 500 for those older than 40 which includes a 315 tax deductible donation Business sponsorships are 10 000 for a table of 10 and 5 000 for a table of six Wilmington Trust is the event s presenting sponsor The SAFE Water Award Presented each year since 2011 the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence also known as the SAFE Water Award honors individuals institutions or organizations whose work contributes broadly to the conservation and protection of freshwater resources and ecosystems Prior recipients include Jane Lubchenco Ph D 2013 Dr Lubchenco was the first woman to be appointed under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator She is one of the most highly cited ecologists in the world and eight of her publications are recognized as Science Citation Classics Kathryn Sullivan Ph D 2013 Dr Sullivan holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space An accomplished oceanographer she was appointed NOAA s chief

    Original URL path: http://www.swrc.org/newsletters/2014/issue3/rfkjr-to-receive-safe-award.shtm (2016-04-27)
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  • Fresh Water Sources Less “Fresh” from Greater Salt Use, Scientists Say
    During a six year study of New York s drinking water supply sources Stroud Water Research Center researchers found that many streams in New York had elevated chloride concentrations in summertime stream water samples Of the 110 streams studied those with elevated chloride concentrations were also downstream of higher densities of roads residential households and WWTPs In many streams in the Schuylkill River watershed a tributary of the Delaware River in Philadelphia the Stroud Center also observed salt concentrations have increased over the last 15 years Because these observations come from water samples collected during baseflow conditions i e not stormflow scientists think the groundwater sources of stream flow are becoming saltier albeit much less saltier than seawater Some of the road salt and brine that s used on land flushes into streams and runs through but some is absorbed into the ground Once groundwater becomes salty it slowly discharges that salty water But it takes time The continued use of road salt and brine especially in high quantities threatens the quality of our groundwater as well as our streams and rivers Research Scientist Dave Arscott Ph D Identifying Salty Streams in the Northeast Studies beyond the Stroud Center have also shown the increasing saltiness of freshwater sources or what scientists call salinization in the Northeast A 2003 study revealed that over fifty years of road salt application in the Mohawk River watershed in New York resulted in a 130 increase in sodium and a 243 increase in chloride In 2005 another study reported that salt concentrations in several streams in Maryland New York and New Hampshire were increasing Sodium concentrations were very high during winter which researchers would expect given the road salt application However summertime salt concentrations were also high remaining at nearly 100 times the concentrations in nearby forested streams where human inputs would be minimal The United States Geological Survey USGS collected flow and specific conductivity data from the Brandywine Creek at Wilmington Del that clearly captures evidence of salt load washing from roadways into creeks During 2008 2014 USGS observed increases in conductivity during late winter and early spring the time of year when rain events washed road salt into the creek Typically rainwater has very low conductivity salt and during most other times of the year it dilutes stream water concentrations during storms Data USGS National Water Information System USGS site 01481500 Brandywine Creek at Wilmington DE Photo Kay Dixon Illustration Diane Huskinson View larger image Good Salt Bad Salt and How Much While brine is growing in popularity since less is needed to improve road conditions Arscott warns brine is also more toxic than road salt for some organisms and we don t have enough information about its toxic effects to really say brine is better As recommendations the U S Clean Water Act ultimately relegates the decision to implement standards for salt applications to each of the fifty states Pennsylvania is in the midst of defining and implementing a chloride standard for

    Original URL path: http://www.swrc.org/newsletters/2014/issue2/road-salt-in-streams.shtm (2016-04-27)
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  • Stroud Water Research Center: Brandywine Trek Students
    as those who receive service I look forward to having a meaningful work experience with the Brandywine River trek I hope to learn more about nature and the sense of the outdoors Rich Beecher Rich is a rising 9th grader interested in soccer lacrosse and football His thoughts about being involved in the trek I feel that I could learn more about the environment and about the Brandywine River Due to injury Rich was unable to make the trek he has been designated an Honorary Trekker Kourtne Harden Kourtne is a rising 10th grader interested in acting and football Her thoughts about being involved in the trek I m going on the trek because I want to try something new I would hope to learn more about where we live and our surroundings Jewel Lee Jewel is a rising 12th grader interested in art modeling singing music and nutrition Her thoughts about being involved in the trek Going on this trip will hopefully teach me the importance of a healthy environment and what we can do to improve it I hope this trek will educate me on the health of our water and how it affects us Also I hope to educate others after this trip I just want a new experience and fun times Jessica Locker Jessica is a rising 12th grader interested in dance praise dance chemistry and baking Her thoughts about being involved in the trek I hope to get educated and educate the other people around me who don t know about our water Bruce Reeves Bruce is a rising 12th grader interested in basketball and drawing His thoughts about being involved in the trek I believe the Brandywine Trek will be an education and eye opening experience for me It will teach me things I

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  • Stroud Water Research Center: Brandywine Trek Leaders
    a competitive rower which sparked her connection to the rhythms of the water While living out west in both New Mexico and Colorado Chris learned to climb and spent many days adventuring with her dogs Zephyr and Topo She has been fortunate enough to explore many amazing places in the world but is most committed to place based education which this trek is an excellent example of start where you are in your own backyard In addition to being an outdoor educator Chris is also an organic farmer Chris and her husband run Turning Roots Farm an organic and biodynamic family farm located in Chester County Pennsylvania On the farm they grow a wide variety of organic vegetables raise a flock of laying hens and tend to thousands of honeybees Chris delivers education programs on the farm for both youth and adults as well as for other organizations such as Triskeles Inc Chris has a master s degree in contemplative education from Naropa University in Colorado where her thesis work Finding Connection in Nature focused on ways to facilitate a deep and lasting connection with nature Chris specializes in teambuilding and group dynamics facilitation skills mindfulness awareness skills and the cultivation of a deep and lasting connection with nature Chris Washburn Chris first became interested in watershed ecology while working as a commercial fisherman on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans He pursued his passion academically at Wesleyan University in Connecticut earning his bachelor s degree in earth and environmental science Chris has combined an enthusiasm for the outdoors and team based experiential education through his work with Outward Bound USA He is presently a staff trainer course director and lead instructor for backpack canoe and dog sled expeditions While primarily based in Baltimore and Philadelphia Chris has served more than

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  • Stroud Water Research Center: Brandywine Trek Map
    Water Award Newsletters Annual Reports Search Brandywine Trek Learn More Trek Home Meet the Trekkers Meet the Leaders View Trek Map Visit the Exhibit Contact the Trek View Trek Sponsors View Partners Organizers Media Coverage Trek Press Room Follow the Trek Throughout the trek the students will gauge the quality of the water and document with journals and photographs all they are experiencing You can follow their travels by reading

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  • Stroud Water Research Center: Brandywine Trek Photography Exhibit
    Contact Us News What s New News Releases Media Coverage SAFE Water Award Newsletters Annual Reports Search Brandywine Trek Learn More Trek Home Meet the Trekkers Meet the Leaders View Trek Map Visit the Exhibit Contact the Trek View Trek Sponsors View Partners Organizers Media Coverage Trek Press Room Photograph and Journal Exhibit Automatic Slider jQuery by WOWSlider com v1 5 A Student Display of the Brandywine Valley Longtime National Geographic photographer Bob Caputo trained the trekkers to capture pictures that tell a story Through their images and in their words the students will help you discover the journey that the Brandywine River s water takes from its source in Honey Brook Pennsylvania to its mouth in Wilmington Delaware The exhibition created from the photographs and journal entries made throughout the trek tells the story of the continuing importance of the river as it flows through the Brandywine Valley COME AND SEE WHAT WE FOUND IN YOUR BACKYARD The exhibit will be at Stroud Water Research Center in August and September 2012 View the exhibit on Aug 29 and Sep 19 as part of the Stroud Seminar Series If you are interested in hosting the exhibit please call Christina Medved

    Original URL path: http://www.swrc.org/trek2011/exhibit.shtm (2016-04-27)
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  • Stroud Water Research Center: Brandywine Trek Contact
    Newsletters Annual Reports Search Brandywine Trek Learn More Trek Home Meet the Trekkers Meet the Leaders View Trek Map Visit the Exhibit Contact the Trek View Trek Sponsors View Partners Organizers Media Coverage Trek Press Room Questions about the Trek Please contact trek coordinator Christina Medved at Stroud Water Research Center By email By phone at 610 268 2153 ext 301 Media Coverage Media are welcome to cover the Brandywine

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  • Stroud Water Research Center: Brandywine Trek Partners
    Water Award Newsletters Annual Reports Search Brandywine Trek Learn More Trek Home Meet the Trekkers Meet the Leaders View Trek Map Visit the Exhibit Contact the Trek View Trek Sponsors View Partners Organizers Media Coverage Trek Press Room Trek Sponsors Special thanks to all of the sponsors that made the Brandywine Trek possible For more information click on a logo to visit the organization s website Franny and Franny Abbott

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