RADNOR, Pa. (April 26, 2012) – On May 9, the Schuylkill Action Network will honor 35 Cabrini students in two community-oriented environmental courses for their work on the Crabby Creek Restoration Project. Students in both the Watershed Citizenship and in Watershed Ecology courses will receive the 2012 Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Award (university category) during a ceremony at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association in Ambler, Pa.
A watershed is an area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off it collects in the same location.
The Cabrini students worked with the Stroud Water Research Center, the Valley Creek Restoration Partnership, and the Chesterbrook Friends of Valley Creek to survey residents about Crabby Creek; remove invasive plants and crayfish from Crabby Creek; and plant trees in the creek’s restoration area to help restore the riparian buffer (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 on ways to help strengthen and restore Crabby Creek.
“As a major tributary of the Schuylkill River, a regenerating Valley Creek promotes a more clean and healthy watershed,” said Dr. Owen Owens, chair of the Valley Creek Restoration Project. “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.”
The Crabby Creek project began in 2007 with funding from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. It has provided opportunities for environmental studies and research for students majoring in biology and psychology, while education students have used the project to provide environmental science outreach for K-12 students in local school districts.
In October 2008, the National Science Foundation awarded Cabrini College a $92,000 grant to support the project; the grant was used for course development, supplies and equipment supporting both the Watershed Ecology and the Watershed Citizenship courses.
Cabrini students and faculty also have presented research on the restoration project with leaders from the Stroud Water Research Center at several academic conferences, including last month at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference at Georgia Southern University and at the 2012 Pennsylvania State Poster on the Hill event.
The mission of the Schuylkill Action Network is to improve the water resources of the Schuylkill River Watershed by working in partnership with state agencies, local watershed organizations and land conservation organizations, businesses, academics, water suppliers, local and state governments, regional agencies, and the federal government to transcend regulatory and jurisdictional boundaries in the strategic implementation of protection measures.
About Cabrini College
Students do extraordinary things at Cabrini College, a residential Catholic college welcoming learners of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the College provides a transformational “education of the heart,” focusing on academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice.
Cabrini offers 1,300 full-time undergraduate students more than 30 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations and minors. More than 1,900 students are in graduate studies programs at the main campus in Radnor, Pa., and at 13 off-site locations. The College’s serene 112-acre campus is located 30 minutes from Philadelphia.