H2Oh! on the GO!
Armstrong Conservation District has launched a new conservation project for the county and other rural counties within the Ohio River Watershed: H2Oh! on the Go! Mobile Environmental Display (MED) – a traveling exhibit, modeled after Carnegie Science Center’s popular H2Oh! Why Our Rivers Matter exhibit, consisting of a trailer and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle designed to educate the public about our valuable natural resources. The Mobile Environmental Display is an education and outreach project intended to reach all age groups over a diversity of educational venues including community event locations, schools, and other public facilities.
Funded by Colcom Foundation with additional funding provided by EQT Corporation for the CNG tow vehicle, visitors to the MED will be able to interact with 10 displays for hands-on scientific enrichment that focus primarily on water education and conservation.
Armstrong County Farm Receives Clean Water Farm Award
The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) in conjunction with the award sponsor, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), presented the operators of five farms across Pennsylvania with the Clean Water Farm Award. The honor is awarded annually to farmers who manage their daily farm operations in an environmentally conscious manner that helps to protect Pennsylvania’s water quality. The 2017 Clean Water Farm Award Recipient for the Southwest Region is Billy Porter.
Porter owns a beef farm in Vandergrift, PA consisting of 70 acres of cropland and pasture. There are three un-named tributaries to Carnahan Run and the main stem of Carnahan Run that flows through the Porter farm. Over the last several years, riparian forest buffers, streambank fencing, roof runoff management, roofed manure storage, and several other best management practices were installed. The Armstrong Conservation District said, “Billy Porter has been a great advocate for conservation practices in Armstrong County. He continuously welcomes farmers to tour his farm operation and talks to them about the benefit of implementing agricultural best management practices.”
The Clean Water Farm award was initiated in 1986. Recipients of the award are nominated by their local county conservation districts. For more information, visit http://www.pacd.org.
The ACD W.A.T.E.R. GeoTrail is now active!
Visit the GeoTrail page to print your map and get started! Happy Caching!!