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2001

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F. X. Browne, Inc. Presents Workshop at NALMS Annual Meeting F. X. Browne, Inc. Launches Environmental Website
F. X. Browne, Inc. Helps Identify Tropical Blue Green Algae Bloom Villanova and F. X. Browne, Inc. Present Watershed Management Seminars
F. X. Browne, Inc. Presents Stormwater Management Seminar Environmental Golf Course Management Seminar Offers Education Credits
Stormwater Management Seminar Offered  

November 16, 2001

F. X. Browne, Inc. Presents Workshop at NALMS Annual Meeting

Lansdale, Pennsylvania - F. X. Browne, Inc. staff recently presented an Aquatic Ecosystems Restoration workshop at the 21st International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) in Madison, Wisconsin. The focus of this year’s symposium was "2001: A Lake Odyssey: Bridging the Gaps between Science, Policy and Practice." Dr. Frank Browne, P.E. and Shandor Szalay presented the workshop, which explored methods for restoring the vitality of lake and stream ecosystems. Natural resource professionals, including planners, engineers, ecologists, and managers, spent the day learning innovative strategies to incorporate into their existing restoration and management programs. The focus of the workshop was on streambank and lakeshore restoration, bioengineering design, riparian buffer ecosystems, and the design of constructed wetlands for numerous applications including stormwater management and acid mine drainage abatement. Participants examined specific case studies that illustrated innovative combinations of techniques.


August 30, 2001

F. X. Browne, Inc. Helps Identify Tropical Blue Green Algae Bloom

Lansdale, Pennsylvania - The blue green algae Cylindrospermopsis, which can be toxic to humans and animals, has been identified in a northern Indiana lake. F. X. Browne, Inc. and Dr. Ann St. Amand, president of PhycoTech, Inc. identified the algae strain while taking water samples at the lake for a diagnostic study. Experts at a Wright State University laboratory confirmed the identification. This algae strain has typically been found only in tropical areas such as Australia and Brazil, and more recently in Florida where it has been linked to alligator deaths and fish kills. To date it has never been documented so far north in the United States. Local officials in Indiana have issued an advisory recommending that humans and pets refrain from swimming in and drinking from the lake until further notice. Tests are being performed to determine whether or not this particular Cylindrospermopsis strain has produced toxins. Indiana Department of Natural Resources staff are considering the development of a task force made up of state officials and scientists to study the ramifications of the algae bloom. For more information, contact Bob Teclaw of the Indiana State Dept of Health at 317-233-7807 or Rteclaw@isdh.state.in.us.


August 20, 2001

F. X. Browne, Inc. Presents Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Seminar

Lansdale, Pennsylvania - The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) and F. X. Browne, Inc. recently sponsored an all-day seminar on Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration. The seminar was held at the Woodloch Springs Resort in Hawley, PA. It was designed to teach natural resources professionals innovative strategies and practical methods for restoring degraded streambanks and shorelines. Topics included stream hydrology, stream and lakeshore restoration with an emphasis on site assessment and bioengineering design, and several case studies that illustrated innovative combinations of designs and techniques. The seminar included a field trip to a stream restoration site, where participants were able to apply techniques from the morning’s site assessment sessions. The seminar was well attended by engineers, planners, and regulatory officials. The LWWMD and F. X. Browne, Inc. intend to present additional watershed management seminars in the future; to be included on the seminar announcement mailing list, contact info@fxbrowne.com.


August 9, 2001

F. X. Browne, Inc. Presents Stormwater Management Seminar

Lansdale, Pennsylvania - The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) and F. X. Browne, Inc. recently sponsored an all-day seminar on Stormwater Management. The seminar was held at the Wallenpaupack Area High School in Hawley, PA. It focused on the planning and design of low-impact smart developments using innovative measures and controls. The seminar included a range of new and emerging best management practices for improving the water quality of stormwater runoff, including bioretention systems, infiltration swales, and constructed wetlands. The seminar concluded with a field trip to a retrofitted detention basin. The seminar was well attended by engineers, planners, and regulatory officials. The LWWMD and F. X. Browne, Inc. intend to present additional watershed management seminars in the future; to included on the seminar announcement mailing list, contact  info@fxbrowne.com.


June 6, 2001

Stormwater Management Seminar Offered

Lansdale, Pennsylvania - The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) and F. X. Browne, Inc. are sponsoring an all-day and an evening seminar on Stormwater Management on July 26, 2001. The day seminar will be held from 8-5 at the Wallenpaupack Area High School in Hawley, PA. It is geared toward designers of stormwater systems who need to learn new techniques for addressing water quality issues. Beginning with an overview of managing stormwater for quality, experienced stormwater design professionals will discuss a range of new and emerging best management practices for improving the water quality of stormwater runoff, including bioretention systems, infiltration swales, and constructed wetlands. The seminar will conclude with a field trip to Bakker Marine Detention Basin Retrofit. The evening seminar will be held from 7-9 pm at the Palmyra Township Building in Palmyra, PA. It is geared toward municipal officials and carries much the same format as the day seminar, with the exception of the field trip. For more information, contact Dr. Frank Browne, P.E. at (215) 362-3878, or visit the F. X. Browne, Inc. website at http://www.fxbrowne.com.


May 16, 2001

F. X. Browne, Inc. Launches Environmental Website

Lansdale, Pennsylvania - F. X. Browne, Inc. recently launched their informational website. The site is designed as a clearinghouse for environmental information on lake and watershed management, stormwater management, land use planning, and water and wastewater management. The website will include guidance for project funding sources, environmental education material, environmental links, environmental primers and fact sheets, kids environmental education links, an award winning phytoplankton (algae) image library, a wetland plant photo album, and much more. Also featured are a monthly lake and watershed newsletter and announcements about upcoming educational seminars. The information will be updated and added to constantly, so please visit the site often at http://www.fxbrowne.com.


May 2, 2001

Villanova and F. X. Browne, Inc. Present Watershed Management Seminars

Lansdale, Pennsylvania - Villanova University and F. X. Browne, Inc. are sponsoring a series of watershed management seminars in June at the Institute for Environmental Engineering Research at Villanova. "Stormwater Management – Principles, Smart Growth and BMPs" will be held on June 5 and will provide instruction on the rapidly changing field of stormwater management as it pertains to water quality protection. "Ecosystem Restoration for Lakes and Streams" will be held on June 12 and will provide a detailed overview of the current techniques that are being used to restore degraded aquatic systems, including bioengineering approaches to streambank stabilization and in-stream habitat improvement. "GIS for Planning and Watershed Management" will be held on June 19 and will focus on data acquisition, data sources, manipulation of raster and tabular data outside ArcView, the creation of critical GIS layers, and using ArcView and Spatial Analyst for management analyses. To register for any or all of the seminars, contact Professor Frank Falcone at Villanova at (610) 519-7920 or download a PDF version of the registration brochure at the F. X. Browne, Inc. website at http://www.fxbrowne.com.


March 19, 2001

Environmental Golf Course Management Seminar Offers Education Credits

Lansdale, Pennsylvania - The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District and F. X. Browne, Inc. are presenting a seminar on, "Environmentally Sustainable Golf Course Management" on April 18th at Woodloch Springs in Hawley, PA. The seminar includes three lectures in the morning, lunch and an optional round of golf in the afternoon. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) have approved 0.35 Professional Development Units (PDUs) from this seminar as applicable toward renewal as a certified golf course superintendent. The seminar is sponsored by the U.S. EPA, and will examine the advantages of managing golf courses using sound environmental practices. Other topics will include the economic and public relations benefits of environmentally-friendly golf course management, integrated pest management, monitoring programs, stormwater management, water usage strategies, and the use of best management practices such as vegetative buffer zones to protect the water quality of surrounding sensitive ecosystems. Speakers are David Bishop, Director of Environmental Stewardship for the GCSAA, Dr. Frank Browne, P.E., President of F. X. Browne, Inc., and Dennis Watkins, Superintendent of Lords Valley Country Club and Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program representative.

For more information or to register for the seminar, contact Rebecca Buerkett of F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or Registration deadline has been extended from March 16th to April 4th, but space may be limited for golfing.