Explore “Wonders of Water” With Us at Philly Flower Show

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Join Stroud Water Research Center at the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show as we explore this year’s theme: “Wonders of Water.” Visit two exhibits featuring our research, education, and watershed restoration or hear us speak at the Water Summit!

Would You Drink the Water?

The Stroud Center is collaborating with senior students in the horticulture program at the Williamson College of the Trades on their exhibit entitled “Would You Drink the Water?” The exhibit features flowing streams and highlights best management practices for improving water and habitat quality in small streams so they can provide clean fresh water for both humans and wildlife.

The display teaches how mature streamside forests help keep pollutants out of streams while maximizing the biodiversity needed to process and eliminate any new or existing pollutants in the water. It also demonstrates why seedlings need to be planted along deforested stream channels for improving water quality and how the public can help.

Model My Watershed Demonstration

Students from W.B. Saul High School will offer a demonstration of the Model My Watershed web app as part of their display. Teacher Bert Johnson and his students are part of the Stroud Center’s National Science Foundation Teaching Environmental Sustainability – Model My Watershed grant project.

Check the Flower Show map before you go to make sure you don’t miss these great displays!

Water Summit

On Wednesday March 7 at the Philadelphia Flower Show, with support from the William Penn Foundation and assistance from habitheque, the Philadelphia Horticultural Society will bring together multidisciplinary visionaries to explore clean water solutions in streams, urban centers, and even outer space!

Featured speakers include environmental leaders — from artists to astronauts to scientists — including John Jackson, Ph.D., Stroud Center entomologist and senior research scientist. Representatives from two companies from the Stroud Center’s design/build team for the Moorhead Environmental Complex will also speak: Michele Adams, founder of Meliora Environmental Design, and Chris Streb, ecological engineer for Biohabitats.

Forty-six years years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, the speakers will discuss why we still have clean water crises in the United States, how to forge meaningful connections to the natural world among young urbanites, how floating wetlands in urban rivers can reduce water pollution, and so much more.