Restoring Ecosystem Functions in Central Pennsylvania and Beyond

At LandStudies, our work focuses on restoring natural systems so they can provide valuable ecosystem services for local municipalities and their residents. Ecosystem services are traditionally lumped into four categories: Provisioning, which includes the production of food and water Regulating, such as the control of climate and disease Supporting, which includes nutrient cycles and crop […]

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Gift Giving for the Environment

Give a Gift to Your Loved Ones and the Environment at the Same Time According to a recent blog on Harvard University’s website, globally the average adult spends $475 a year on holiday presents, half of which are unwanted. Over $70 billion in products are returned after Christmas each year. These returned products end up […]

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Employee Spotlight, Meet Paul Artale!

We would like to introduce you to our newest employee, Paul Artale, RLA, ASLA. Paul will be working on master plans, park and recreational projects, and various projects involving sustainable design, field implementation and educational efforts. After working years in the field of design, land development and construction administration, Paul is glad to be continuing […]

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Wet Weather vs. Dry Weather Sampling

A Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permitted community needs to monitor their system for potential illicit discharges, as we discussed last month. An illicit discharge can come from a leaking sanitary sewer or water main, illegal sewage connections, landscape waste like grass clippings and leaves, seasonal draining of swimming pools, residue from nearby concrete-related […]

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Green Master Plan Leads to Stormwater Improvements at the Wrightsville Riverfront Park

Approximately three years ago, LandStudies (LSI) provided a green master plan, engineering, permitting, and related design services for “green infrastructure” improvements that will provide efficient management of urban stormwater runoff for Wrightsville Borough, York County, and improve the environmental function of the river corridor associated with the 11-acre Wrightsville Riverfront Park. LandStudies’ work piggybacked off […]

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Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination is a Key Component of a Stormwater Management Program

A Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) is made up of a series of stormwater management facilities, inlets, pipes, swales, and outfalls that collect and convey stormwater. Ultimately, many of these discharges end up in local waterways, where water quality must be monitored to ensure health and safety. Part of an MS4 community’s permit requires […]

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Spotlight on Success: Brubaker Run – Lime Spring Square Development

Back in April we first introduced you to the Brubaker Run – Lime Spring Square development project in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County. LandStudies was brought in by Oak Tree Development Group to design this 11.5-acre floodplain restoration project on the 98-acre project development site. Construction started in September and represents just one piece of […]

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Funding for Riparian Buffer Projects on your Property

So you want to plant a riparian buffer on your property but are wondering how to fund it? Thankfully there are several state and federal sources of funds that you may be eligible for and which we will detail here. State Funds The commonwealth has a goal of planting 95,000 acres of riparian forest buffers […]

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Addressing Stormwater Management Requirements in MS4 Communities

To Manage Stormwater Runoff, Don’t Forget to Look in the Mirror A lot of the work of stormwater management for a permitted Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) community deals with education and outreach to the public, developers, the construction industry, and others who may have an impact on runoff into nearby streams and rivers. […]

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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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