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News & Notes: Zebra Mussels, Well Owner Training, and Conservation Landscape Summit (1/14-1/15)
Zebra mussels have traveled down the Susquehanna River to the upper Chesapeake Bay. This invasive species is notorious for causing ecological and economic damage. Officials from Maryland's Department of Natural Resources are “warning boaters to beware of unwittingly aiding the mussels' spread, since they could attach hitch a ride on boats, trailers and other recreational gear. Boaters are urged to drain all river water from their boats and equipment whenever pulling out, and to rinse everything with high-pressure or hot water between trips to different water bodies, then let it dry for two to five days before putting back in the water.”
Learn more about this nonnative mussel via GreenTreks Network’s environmental education program, EcoExpress.org:
Erie and Its Environment: Gobi Fish & Zebra Mussels from EcoExpress.org.
The Master Well Owner Network is a group of trained volunteers who are dedicated to promoting the proper construction, testing, and maintenance of private water wells, springs and cisterns throughout Pennsylvania. Prospective volunteers need to submit an application and be accepted into the program. Training, which is available entirely online, begins on February 11, 2013. Accepted volunteers receive weekly, short reading assignments and video presentations.
“Imagine a place where vibrant communities draw strength from their natural assets to sustain their quality of life. A place where citizens care about protecting the special qualities of a region - their region. A place where people and partners band together to envision a better economic future, tackle shared challenges and care for the natural, scenic, and recreational resources that define the place they call home. This is a conservation landscape. And they are springing up across the state.”
Keynote Speaker: Lynn Scarlett, Co-Director of the Center for Management of Ecological Wealth at Resources for the Future and the former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
If you are planning to go to the Conservation Landscape Summit, let me know. I hope to see some of you there!