The U.S. Department of Agriculture selected three watershed areas, Conewago Creek in Pennsylvania (pictured), Smith Creek in Virginia, and Upper Chester River in Maryland as part of the Chesapeake Showcase Watershed Project. The watershed project will utilize the collective energies of Federal, State, and local partners to help landowners and communities use their land in sustainable ways that do not harm water quality. If these watersheds are successfully restored they may become models for the six states involved in restoring the Chesapeake Bay. Conewago Creek watershed covers 33,606 acres in Pennsylvania, 44% percent is in Dauphin County, 37% percent in Lebanon County, and 18% in Lancaster County. Majority of watershed is farmland and consists of a variety of crops, pasture, and forest. USDA photo 10di1410-168.
May 9, 2014
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