Thirty-five Cabrini College students weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty—and wet—to restore a local watershed to good environmental health.
Students from both the Watershed Citizenship and Watershed Ecology courses joined forces to work on the Crabby Creek Restoration Project and shared their experience at academic conferences around the country.
The students worked with the Stroud Water Research Center, the Valley Creek Restoration Partnership, and the Chesterbrook Friends of Valley Creek to first survey residents about Crabby Creek and then remove invasive plants and crayfish from the Creek.
They also planted trees in the creek’s restoration area to help restore the “riparian buffer,” which is the interface between land and stream.
The students reported their findings and made recommendations to the Valley Creek Restoration Partnership on how community members could work on the restoration project and help restore Crabby Creek.
“The Valley Creek Restoration Project as a whole was strengthened by the students in these interdisciplinary courses, and we deeply appreciate the contributions of each student and faculty member,” said Dr. Owen Owens, chair of the Valley Creek Restoration Project.
Cabrini students and faculty have presented research on the Crabby Creek Restoration at several academic conferences, including at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference at Georgia Southern University and at the Pennsylvania State “Poster on the Hill” event.
For their efforts, students were awarded the Schuylkill Action Network’s “Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Award.”
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