|Jason Smith Presents a Paper on Lake Dredging at Annual PALMS Conference||DEP Secretary Visits Bushkill Stream Conservancy|
|DEP Secretary Visits Arrowhead Lake||Engineering Associate Hired at F. X. Browne, Inc.|
|Dr. Frank Browne presented a paper on Alum Treatment for the Removal of Phosphorus in Lakes||Stream Restoration talk given at Academy of Natural Sciences|
|Watershed District Explains Autumn Bloom||Bucks County Chapter of Trout Unlimited Sponsors Second Student Workshop|
|Bucks County Trout Unlimited features Scientist at Monthly meeting|
|F. X. Browne, Inc. Designs Water System for Jim Thorpe Area School District||Biomonitoring Workshop Sponsored by Bucks County Trout Unlimited|
|Environmental Golf Course Management Seminar Offers Education Credits||F. X. Browne, Inc. Scientist Elected to Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society Board|
December 31, 2002
Jason Smith Presents a Paper on Lake Dredging at Annual PALMS Conference
Williamsport, Pennsylvania – Jason Smith, Project Manager at F. X. Browne, Inc., presented a paper entitled, “Lake Dredging – Methods, Permits & Case Studies” at the Annual Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS) Conference held in Williamsport, PA. Mr. Smith discussed the various methods used to conduct a lake dredging project, what necessary permits need to be obtained before beginning a dredging project and presented various case studies to show how effective lake dredging can be.
December 20, 2002
DEP Secretary Visits Arrowhead Lake
Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County – Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, David E. Hess, recently toured a water-monitoring project at Arrowhead Lake in Monroe County. The project is being funded by a grant received through the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Program. F. X. Browne, Inc. assisted the Tobyhanna Creek/Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Association (TCTCWA) in designing the project and in writing the grant application. The TCTCWA developed a comprehensive water monitoring and environmental education program which includes more than 30 stream and lake sampling locations, a volunteer program handbook, watershed protection education brochures, seminars and workshops, and a wetland assessment of a large portion of their watershed. Additionally, TCTCWA established a voluntary agreement with Wal-Mart to expand and improve the existing stormwater management system at the company’s newly constructed distribution center in Coolbaugh Township. Secretary Hess stated, “This type of partnering is what Growing Greener is meant to support.” The long-term goal of the project is to develop a watershed-wide management and protection plan for the Tobyhanna Creek/Tunkhannock Creek Watershed.
December 3, 2002
Dr. Frank Browne presented a paper on Alum Treatment for the Removal of Phosphorus in Lakes
Williamsport, Pennsylvania – Dr. Frank Browne, president of F. X. Browne, Inc., presented a paper at the 13th Annual Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS) Conference entitled, “Alum Treatment for the Removal of Phosphorus in Lakes.” Dr. Browne explained how alum can be added to lakes to remove nutrients and nuisance algae. Dr. Browne used various case studies to show the effectiveness of alum treatment in lakes.
November 27, 2002
District Explains Autumn Bloom
Wayne Independent News Column
By PETER BECKER
LAKE WALLENPAUPACK - Algae blooms are not only a sign of summer growth. Autumn lake blooms- of blue green algae- not orange, yellow or red like the leaves in the trees along the shores- are common.
Aquatics biology consultant Dr. F. X. Browne explained at the recent Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) meeting about the bloom in October on the Wallenpaupack. He said that their highest reading of phosphorous for the year occurred in October, and it was their second highest for chlorophyll-a.
Besides nutrients flowing into the lake, this time of year, all temperate region lakes naturally "turn over" as the cold and warm layers of water mix. This churns up nutrient-laden sediments on the lake bottom, feeding the algae. On top of this, there was a lot of rain in October, increasing runoff.
A lot of nutrients are also pushed downstream.
The LWWMD is charged with the responsibility to oversee the ecological health of the 219 square-mile watershed of Lake Wallenpaupack. They administer grants to pay for "Best Management Practice" (BMP) projects to correct erosion and other runoff problems, including the way farming waste is handled, to keep unwanted sediments out of the lake. Sewer plant discharges are watched carefully. Public education is also a major component of the LWWMD mission.
Browne's firm is contracted to take regular water quality samples of the lake, and starting this winter, a new project to monitor the water in the streams feeding Wallenpaupack will commence. With funds from a major grant supplied by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Board approved the low bid of $31,916.28 to purchase six sampler/flow meter stations for the streams.
An added $12,000 from EPA should pay for related expenses, such as enclosures for the gadgetry, and flow probes. Flow measurements will be accessed from the Internet.
Permission is being sought to place the monitors. A new site may be needed on the Main Branch of the Wallenpaupack Creek. Administrator Karen Mandeville will check to see if their insurance will cover the stations, costing about $4,000- $5,000 apiece. Browne said that vandalism has not been a problem in this area, but he has seen in other places. Having the stations where everyone can see them, rather than hidden, tends to deter mischief.
Also discussed at last Wednesday's session:
A good panel discussion was reported at a golf course management seminar LWWMD sponsored, Tuesday at Woodloch Springs. The seminar dealt with good ecological practices to protect the watershed.
A property owner (Edward Post) in Madison Township asked the LWWMD to investigate rusty color in a stream on his land, coming from Haas Pond. Suspecting it to be iron contamination, Mandeville said that sampling was done, and it appears there is only a small elevated amount of iron in the water. It may come from old scrap metal laying around. The site is just within the watershed. Madison Township Supervisors will be notified, as requested.
Donation letters were sent to property owner associations in the watershed; $9,102 has been received so far.
It was learned that the first BMP undertaken by the District was in 1984, on the Wallenpaupack Creek in Lake Wallenpaupack Estates, Greene Township.
November 22, 2002
F. X. Browne, Inc. to Design Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed
Paupack, Pennsylvania – F. X. Browne, Inc., a leader in lake and watershed management, has been hired by the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) to design Best Management Practices (BMPs) for various activities throughout the watershed. These activities will be funded by a grant awarded to the LWWMD from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. The work to be performed over the next few years will include design, construction oversight and management, securing permits, and working with local municipalities for stormwater management BMPs including bioengineering, streambank stabilization and constructed wetlands.
November 8, 2002
F. X. Browne, Inc. Designs Water System for Jim Thorpe Area School District
Kidder Township, Pennsylvania – Construction is nearly complete on a 200,000 gallon water tank on the site of the Jim Thorpe Area School District’s new elementary school. The tank is part of a water system designed by F. X. Browne, Inc. to serve the school and is the first ever elevated water tower in Kidder Township.
October 22, 2002
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 November 19th at Woodloch Springs in Hawley, PA. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has approved 0.35 Professional Development Units (PDUs) from this seminar as applicable toward renewal as a certified golf course superintendent.
The seminar is funded by the U.S. EPA, and will examine the advantages of managing golf courses using sound environmental practices. Other topics will include an overview of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, the economic and public relations benefits of environmentally-friendly golf course management, 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 Joellen Zeh, Ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, Dr. Frank Browne, P.E., President of F. X. Browne, Inc., and David Bishop, Director of Environmental Stewardship for the GCSAA. Also included is a panel discussion by representatives of Audubon-certified golf courses. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register for the seminar, contact Rebecca Buerkett of F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 26, 2002
DEP Secretary Visits Bushkill Stream Conservancy
Northampton County, Pennsylvania – DEP Secretary David E. Hess visited Bushkill Stream Conservancy on Wednesday, September 18, to observe the many environmental protection and restoration efforts being conducted throughout the Bushkill Creek Watershed by the Conservancy, Bushkill Township, Bushkill Township Environmental Advisory Council, Lafayette College, and Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, using funding awarded through Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener Program. F. X. Browne, Inc. has assisted Bushkill Stream Conservancy in receiving four Growing Greener Program Grants from the state. The grants were awarded to provide watershed protection and outreach, restoration of eroding streambanks, and the installation and operation of an automated water quality monitoring network for Bushkill Creek.
July 22, 2002
Engineering Associate Hired at F. X. Browne, Inc.
Lansdale, Pennsylvania – Katie R. Ferry has recently joined F. X. Browne, Inc. as an Engineering Associate at their office in Lansdale, PA. Mrs. Ferry received her B. S. in Civil Engineering from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. She was an intern at F. X. Browne during the summer of 2001 assisting with various aspects of watershed analysis projects. Mrs. Ferry is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has experience using AutoCAD and GIS maps.
May 24, 2002
Stream Restoration talk given at Academy of Natural Sciences
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Shandor J. Szalay, Project Scientist with F. X. Browne, Inc. gave a presentation on “Stream Restoration Priorities for the Metropolitan Philadelphia Area” at the Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA on May 22, 2002. The talk outlined a system for the long-term prioritization of stream restoration efforts with the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area and highlighted the need to effectively manage urban sprawl.
May 21, 2002
Bucks County Chapter of Trout Unlimited Sponsors Second Student Workshop
Riegelsville, Pennsylvania – The Bucks County Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsored a second student biomonitoring workshop on May 17 on Cooks Creek. The workshop is part of the Cooks Creek Restoration Project, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Program. F. X. Browne, Inc., Lansdale, PA, conducted the workshop. During the workshop, high school students at Palisades High School in Kintnersville, PA collected aquatic insect samples to determine water quality along the section of Cooks Creek. The students then identified the insect samples and performed a thorough visual habitat assessment of stream areas.
May 15, 2002
Bucks County Trout Unlimited features Scientist at Monthly meeting
Doylestown, Pennsylvania - Shandor Szalay, Project Scientist for F. X. Browne, Inc., gave a presentation on the Cooks Creek Restoration Project at the monthly Bucks County Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting in Doylestown, PA. Mr. Szalay talked for approximately 45 minutes concerning the restoration project, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener Program.
May 7, 2002
Biomonitoring Workshop Sponsored by Bucks County Trout Unlimited
Pennsylvania – The Bucks County Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsored a
biomonitoring workshop on May 6 on Cooks Creek. The workshop is part of the Cooks Creek Restoration Project, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Program. F. X. Browne, Inc., Lansdale, PA, conducted the workshop and Scott Douglas from Durham Township and the Cooks Creek Watershed Association assisted with the workshop. During the workshop, high school students at Palisades High School in Kintnersville, PA collected macroinvertebrate samples to determine water quality along the section of Cooks Creek. The students identified the macroinvertebrate samples to determine water quality and also performed visual habitat assessments of stream areas. Students will attend a second workshop in the next several weeks where they will conduct more intensive studies.
January 15, 2002
F. X. Browne, Inc. Scientist Elected to Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society Board
Lansdale, Pennsylvania - Jason E. Smith of F. X. Browne, Inc. was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS). The purpose of NEAPMS is to assist in the scientific management of aquatic vegetation and to encourage scientific research in all facets of aquatic plant management. Mr. Smith will attend the Third Annual NEAPMS Conference in Sturbridge, MA this month. "I am serving the position of Past-President of PALMS (Pennsylvania Lake Management Society) right now. Hopefully my election to the NEAPMS board will help strengthen the relationship between PALMS and NEAPMS," said Mr. Smith. He was recently promoted to Project Manager at F. X. Browne, Inc. where he has been employed for eight years. Mr. Smith has a degree in Environmental Resource Management from the Pennsylvania State University.