The Spring Creek Water Resources Monitoring Project (WRMP) is conducted in partnership with the Keystone Water Resources Center, a publicly-funded, non-profit organization dedicated to collecting data on the water resources of Pennsylvania.  The mission of the WRMP is...

November 4, 2019

         Stormwater runoff can transport a large list of pollutants to surface waters and groundwater.  In Spring Creek the effects of runoff from the Centre Region can be detected in the presence and diversity macroinvertebrates than normally live in the stream bottom...

Some 70 years ago, Thompson Run was a classic limestone trout stream. It began at Thompson Spring, located about 200 yards southwest of the Duck Pond.  From the spring, Thompson Run ran down a sluiceway located where the center line of Benner Pike is now. It then joine...

Introduction

The temperature of spring and stream water within the Spring Creek watershed in central Pennsylvania is important for many water uses, especially maintaining healthy aquatic ecosystems, water recreation and a highly-valued trout fishery.  Trout are stressed...

Beginning in 1999 monitoring of stream and spring water quality was initiated by the Spring Creek Watershed Association to provide data to citizens, business leaders and public officials to better protect and manage water resources.  The Water Resources Monitoring Proj...

Pennsylvania is facing increasing problems with incursions of aquatic invasive species (AIS). One of the most recent invaders is New Zealand Mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) (NZM), which was discovered in Spring Creek in 2013. This was the first known occurrence of...

Stormwater is excess rain or snowmelt that floods the land surface. On an open undisturbed  landscape most rainwater soaks into the ground and the overflow eventually discharges into the nearest watercourse. However, in an urban environment, most land is impervious, i....

Centre County continues to grow with each U.S. Census.  This growth is reflected in a 12% population increase from the 2000 Census which had a population of 135,758 residents to the 2010 Census with a population of 153,990.  This population growth trend is continuing w...

October 2, 2017

From the standpoint of water, this is an unlikely place for a city of 100,000 people.  Water is the resource that limits local population growth. I have a personal perspective on the relationship between growth and available water supply.  I grew up here; I studied hyd...

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