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Managing Stormwater Runoff at the Municipal Level

If left unchecked, stormwater can add pollutants like soil, nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), and pathogens into our streams and rivers. This may lead to health impacts, unsightly and unpleasantly smelling waterways, and a degraded environment. That is why there are laws in place for proper management of stormwater runoff. In this article, we will give […]

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Employee Spotlight – Michael LaSala

Michael LaSala is a Senior Project Manager and a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program Analyst. He provides technical assistance across all three LandStudies divisions: Landscape Architecture, Engineering & Science, and Construction. Mike has more than 20 years’ professional experience in the design and construction industries. He has managed site and building construction projects […]

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LandStudies’ Ryan Hartnett to Become Air Force Officer

LandStudies would like to thank Ryan Hartnett for his contributions to our company and his service to the country. Ryan lives in Middletown with his wife, Rachel. Starting in March 2017, he moved to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama to complete nine weeks of Officer Training School to become commissioned as an officer […]

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Spring Planting

It’s Spring Planting Time: Are You Ready?

It’s spring, and that means it’s a great time for spring planting sprucing up your yard. Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, public works director, or park maintenance manager, the tips we’ll discuss in this article can help you make the most of the warming days to create a beautiful and beneficial landscape. Tip […]

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Gutshall Appointed to Conservancy Land Protection Committee

LandStudies’ President, Kelly Gutshall, has been appointed to the Land Protection Committee for the Lancaster County Conservancy. This group of 14 professionals who meet bi-monthly, exists to guide and support the Lancaster County Conservancy’s board of directors and staff in their efforts to expand their system of nature preserves and protect critical lands. One of […]

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Flooding Protection Via Green Infrastructure

As the rain falls, many communities across the country worry about the very real possibility of flooding. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), heavy downpours have increased in frequency and intensity over the last 50 years, and are expected to become even more intense as a result of climate change. This raises the likelihood […]

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Sustainable Landscape Installer

LandStudies, Inc. is an award winning environmental design/build firm with experience since 1989 using natural systems to improve the environment. We are recognized throughout PA and the mid-Atlantic region for our innovative, sustainable work restoring streams, floodplains, and wetlands, and creating natural landscapes with a goal of improving water quality and wildlife habitat. This is […]

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How Legacy Sediment Impacts Streams and Floodplains

What is Legacy Sediment? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines legacy sediment as soil “that was eroded from upland areas after the arrival of early settlers and over the centuries of intensive land uses”, such as agriculture. This sediment accumulates along stream corridors, building up higher and higher as the years pass. Pennsylvania’s streams have […]

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Shavers Creek Environmental Center

Master Plan and Landscape Architecture Challenge Penn State University wanted to make additions and renovations to their Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. They hired LandStudies to work with the project architect, Kimmel Bogrette, to develop an overall master plan for the Center’s improvements. The project involves the construction of two new classrooms and educational support facilities, […]

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