Watershed Conservation

 

Preserving and/or improving the quality of local streams is a priority for the Fulton County Conservation District.  The quality of local water resources is important for drinking water, agriculture and local industry as well as recreational activities like swimming, boating, fishing, hunting and hiking.  With no upstream neighbors, water quality in Fulton County streams is a direct reflection of how we treat our water resources locally.

The Fulton County Conservation District works with farmers, contractors, loggers, landowners, municipalities and other government agencies to reduce pollution to local streams.  Pollution most commonly comes in the form of excessive sediment and nutrients (nitrogen or phosphorus) washing off the land and into streams.  The District works to limit the pollution inputs from a variety of sources, including barnyards, crop fields, public or private roads, unstable streambanks, storm sewers, roofs and parking lots.  Additionally, the District works to educate all Fulton County citizens about the importance of clean water.

In addition to improving the local quality of life, Fulton County streams are part of the headwaters of both the Susquehanna and Potomac Rivers and are some of the more than 100,000 creeks, streams and runs that feed the Chesapeake Bay, North America's largest estuary and the world's third largest.  The Bay supports 3,600 species of plant and animal life, including more than 300 fish species and 2,700 plant types.  More than 500 million pounds of seafood is harvested from the Bay every year.1  Watershed Conservation in Fulton County can serve a small part in enhancing this national treasure.

For more information about Watershed Conservation projects in Fulton County, please contact Watershed Specialist, Scott Alexander, at 717-325-6090 or scott@fultoncountyconservationdistrict.org

 

References:

1"Chesapeake Bay Foundation | Bay Area Facts." Chesapeake Bay Foundation | Save the Bay. Web. 31 Jan. 2011. <http://www.cbf.org/Page.aspx?pid=433>.