Videos are not only great learning tools for those of us in the industry, they’re excellent resources in helping us get our messages out to others. These are a few of the videos we like; we know there are dozens of other good pieces out there and more being added to the web-o-sphere every day.

The Water Resources Education Network (WREN), the originators of SourcewaterPA, partnered with GreenTreks Network, to develop an animated video looking at drinking water sources and steps water systems are taking to protect them. Have a look — and click the link at the end to check the status of your water system.

Is Your Drinking Water Protected? from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.

In the following videos, experts in Sourcewater Protection talk about the benefits of putting multiple barrier programs in place:

Tom McCaffrey, PA DEP.

The highly urbanized character of the Southwest region makes Sourcewater Protection especially important: if a drinking water source becomes contaminated, few alternatives exist.

Mark Stephens, PA DEP.

Every water supplier should have a Source Water Protection Program to ensure that the investment they have made in their system is safe for customers — and remains viable for generations to come.

Paul Knupp, Ligonier Township Municipal Authority.

Though blessed to have its 2 wells and main reservoir surrounded by game lands, Ligonier Township has implemented a Source Water Protection Program to ensure that gas drilling and timbering operations don’t impact its sources.

Tobias Nagle, Altoona Water Authority.

AWA’s 12 surface water reservoirs provide drinking water for 23,000 connections, and acid mine drainage is an issue of major concern.

James Kendrick, Tioga Borough.

After transitioning 600 residents to community water that comes from 2 shallow wells, Tioga Borough recognized the need for a Source Water Protection Plan.

John Bottegal, Shaler Township Water System.

This groundwater treatment facility utilizes a series of 14 wells along the banks of the Allegheny River, serving 42,000 customers from the Township and neighboring communities.

Eric Grindrod, Spotts Stevens McCoy.

SWPTAP provides detailed delineation and analysis so water systems can help their customers understand exactly where their water is coming from and be pro-active in preventing contamination.

Agricultural Best Management Practices in Christina Basin.

United Water Delaware leads a partnership to protect important source water supplies by putting BMPs to work on the land.

Following are some great videos culled from our friends at GreenTreks Network. For a complete listing, more details on these and plenty of other projects, and a bunch of short excerpts (ideal for sharing on social media, newsletters, signage, etc.) be sure to check out StormwaterPA’s Video Section

Share them around, let us know your favorites, or suggest others by sending an email to Julie Kollar.

Sourcewater Early Warning System.The Susquehanna River Basin Commission has implemented a monitoring program to detect source water trouble and notify suppliers before affected surface water gets into a system’s supply.

Mowing to Meadows.

Letting mown areas become natural meadows returns them to functional parts of the water system, preventing flooding, creating habitat, and becoming beautiful to behold.

Delaware River Watershed: Synchronizing Efforts for Maximum Impact .

There’s an impressive amount of activity going on throughout the Delaware River watershed and it’s bringing unprecedented attention to this underappreciated resource over the next several years.

Healthy Urban Waters: Empowering People, Improving Communities, Creating Jobs .

Green Infrastructure for stormwater management is catching on, because it not only helps reduce flooding, prevent erosion, and improve water quality in waterways, but because it improves livability, provides recreational opportunities, and is a positive influence on community health.

Tacony Creek Restoration: Improving Water Quality and Quality of Life.

A restoration project aimed at improving the health of a creek resulted in the rebirth of local communities: instead of an abused, frightening dumping ground, Tacony Creek Park is now a beautiful, peaceful place that is being appreciated and cared for by surrounding neighborhoods.

Saving Streams in the Cedar Run Watershed.

Cedar Run is a hidden gem that flows through the landscape and offers the opportunity to connect suburbanites to the wilds. It’s also a perfect example of the positive impacts that anyone can make on their local stream — and the larger watershed — by making the choice to get personally involved.

Restoring Plum Run: Turning Red Streams to Blue.

By creating a level floodplain to reduce erosion, planting trees, and removing grass that’s so compacted that it’s practically a parking lot, Plum Run is restored to a much healthier stream.

Managing Runoff in Paxton Creek: A Practical Approach.

The Paxton Creek was once a vibrant waterway that helped lay the foundation for the city of Harrisburg, and after years of abuse, vision and collaboration are bringing this local waterway back.

Rain Gardens – Saving Streams One Yard At A Time.

Rain gardens capture runoff from downspouts and yards, create create habitat for wildlife, local rivers and streams.

Gardening For a Healthier Bay.

A homeowner’s vision of transforming a suburban lawn into an English country garden took a whole new direction when she discovered the negative impact her plan could have on local waterways.

Project Headwaters, A Watershed Approach.

Changes to the landscape throughout the Pennypack Creek watershed have led to ecological degradation and an increased incidence of flooding–and a team working on a streambank restoration project realized their efforts would have a far greater impact if they took place further upstream.

Farming with Water Quality in Mind.

Agriculture is Pennyslvania’s second largest industry, but it has also been a major contributor to water quality problems. More and more farmers are embracing best management practices to improve the health of their livestock–and that of their local waterways.

Low Impact Development.

Rather than bulldoze and grade, developments that incorporate existing natural features are proven to have multiple benefits: from aesthetic, water quality, and flood protection right on down to the bottom line.

Cherry Creek: A Conservation Design.

There is far more to creating a quality residential development than grading a property and putting up homes. Conservation design looks at natural features, site constraints, and stormwater management — long before construction ever begins.

Streamside Forest Buffers: Improving Water Quality.

Studies by internationally acclaimed Stroud Water Research Center have shown that healthy forests bordering streams not only prevent numerous pollutants from reaching the water, but also multiply the stream’s natural ability to cleanse itself of pollutants that do make their way into the water.

Harvesting Rainwater.

Living sustainably is possible in a home that’s in synch with others in the neighborhood, yet is also in harmony with the natural world. This “green home” demonstrates ways to minimize the impacts of stormwater runoff through native landscaping, infiltration, and harvesting the rain for reuse.

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