Restoring Ecosystem Functions in Central Pennsylvania and Beyond

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, ...
Gift Giving for the Environment

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 ...
Employee Spotlight, Meet Paul Artale!

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 ...
Wet Weather vs. Dry Weather Sampling

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

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

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 ...
Spotlight on Success: Brubaker Run – Lime Spring Square Development

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 ...
Funding for Riparian Buffer Projects on your Property

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 ...
Addressing Stormwater Management Requirements in MS4 Communities

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 ...
Sustainable Landscape Installer

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 ...
Native Plants Are a Valuable Addition to Your Landscape

Native Plants Are a Valuable Addition to Your Landscape

In the spring we discussed helpful tips for landscaping, one of which was choosing plants that are native to Pennsylvania. Now that fall is nearly upon us, with another good planting window opening up before winter (especially for trees and ...
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Fall is an Ideal Time to Plant Trees – Here’s Why

You might think that spring is the best time to plant trees, and while it is a perfectly good season to do so, fall can be an even better time. Why? Well, the rain and cooler temperatures we get here ...
LandStudies Kicks Off the Master Planning Process for Two Pennsylvania Communities

LandStudies Kicks Off the Master Planning Process for Two Pennsylvania Communities

What is a Master Plan? A master plan provides a long-term vision for one or more sites. LandStudies’ approach to master planning is to ensure that the built environment takes into consideration the ecological opportunities of a property  and maximize ...
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Getting the Public Involved in Stormwater Management

A Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) community’s Stormwater Management Program/Plan (SWMP) contains six Minimum Control Measures (MCMs) for achieving their stormwater goals (as discussed in previous posts). In this article we will discuss MCM 1 – Public Education and ...
Meet Bob Gray, LandStudies' Newest Employee

Meet Bob Gray, LandStudies’ Newest Employee

We would like to introduce you to our newest employee, Bob Gray. Bob will be working on large scale stream restoration projects, multi-municipal pollution reduction plans, and municipal park restoration projects. He says that the work he will be doing ...
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MS4’s Versus MS3’s – What are the Differences?

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) is a publicly-owned storm drain, pipe, ditch, or other means of collecting and transporting rain water (i.e. stormwater) from a town to an outfall that deposits the ...
Making Your Landscape More Drought Tolerant

Making Your Landscape More Drought Tolerant

Central Pennsylvania and much of the state has experienced a wet summer so far, with major storms and flooding in parts of the commonwealth. By this time of the summer in many years past, parts of the state were under ...
Make Sure Your Post Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) Plan is Working

Make Sure Your Post Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) Plan is Working

Any type of land development, such as the clearing and grading of land for the construction of a housing development, disturbs existing vegetation and soil, and increases the amount of impervious surface. This is turn increases the stormwater runoff that ...
Weed and Pest Control that Considers the Environment as a Whole

Weed and Pest Control that Considers the Environment as a Whole

What do you do when you want to control insect pests or weeds on a site but also want to be considerate of other plants and animals, as well as water quality concerns? You choose integrated pest management (IPM) or ...
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The Hows and Whys of Stormwater BMP Maintenance

The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SWEMA) and the Chesapeake Stormwater Network found through separate studies that many (i.e. more than 50%) municipalities have no stormwater best management practices (BMP) maintenance program in place, and in many cases didn’t even know ...
LandStudies Promotes Economic Ecology

LandStudies Promotes Economic Ecology

In LandStudies’ trend-setting publication, Economic Ecology: Floodplain Restoration, twelve Pennsylvania case studies demonstrate the economic rewards of tackling environmental issues on a regional scale, specifically through floodplain restoration. We want municipalities throughout the commonwealth to benefit from the concepts of ...
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LandStudies to Assist the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative with Development of a Pollution Reduction Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For additional information contact Bob Gray at (717) 627-4440 ext. 134 or Bob@landstudies.com Philadelphia, PA – LandStudies, Inc., an ecology-focused engineering and landscape architecture company based in Lititz, PA, has been selected to help the Eastern Delaware ...
Maintaining Restoration Projects is Key to Long-lasting Success

Maintaining Restoration Projects is Key to Long-lasting Success

LandStudies recognizes the importance of long-term maintenance on our restoration and habitat creation projects. Without routine maintenance, installed vegetation may die, invasive plants and weeds can spread quickly, and green infrastructure may fail. Maintenance needs to be a well-thought out ...
Creating a Municipal Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plan

Creating a Municipal Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plan

Regulated small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) communities must complete six Minimum Control Measures (MCMs) as part of their MS4 (NPDES) permit, including an operations and maintenance plan. MCM 6 relates to “municipal operations” and deals with pollution prevention ...
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Recognizes LandStudies, Inc. as a Businesses For The Bay Founding Gold Member

(Annapolis, MD – June 6, 2017) – The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay recognizes LandStudies, Inc. as a Businesses for the Bay Founding Gold Member. LandStudies renewed their membership with a growing partnership of large and small businesses in the Chesapeake ...
Parks can Play a Major Role in Managing Stormwater

Parks can Play a Major Role in Managing Stormwater

As stated in LandStudies’ white paper, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), Municipalities, and Parks, “Park professionals see firsthand the impacts flooding can have on parks and surrounding areas. They may have to move park structures to higher ground before ...
EPA Tells Pa. to Cleanup Chesapeake Bay, or Else...

EPA Tells Pa. to Cleanup Chesapeake Bay, or Else…

By Karl Blankenship, Chesapeake Bay Journal Pennsylvania needs a realistic plan showing how it will provide enough funding and staff to dramatically ramp up its Chesapeake Bay pollution control efforts, or it could face a variety of potentially costly federal ...
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Long-Term Management, Including Invasive Plant Control, at Butterfly Acres

Butterfly Acres is a housing development located in Lititz Borough, PA. In years past, a stormwater drainage swale ran through the development that was not well-maintained. The swale experienced significant erosion, was not properly filtering run-off, and was dominated by ...
Preserving Compass and the other Mills of Lititz Run

Preserving Compass and the other Mills of Lititz Run

Radical improvements in the Lititz Run watershed have enhanced the water quality and transformed the stream’s riparian buffer. The project has received national recognition. This change began with a 1999 study by LandStudies, a Lititz-based consulting group. That study persuaded ...
Controlling Invasive Plants in Riparian Areas

Controlling Invasive Plants in Riparian Areas

LandStudies has designed and constructed numerous floodplain restoration and riparian buffer projects over the years. Countless hours are spent making sure the site looks and functions as close to pre-European settlement conditions as possible. But sometimes there’s a hitch... even ...
Landis Homes Residents Cherish Community’s Resources

Landis Homes Residents Cherish Community’s Resources

Charles Longenecker doesn’t give up easily, especially when it comes to preserving nature. When the retired Lancaster Mennonite biology teacher moved to Landis Homes 12 years ago, he decided to reintroduce native plants to Leaman Woods, a natural area of ...
Remarks of Mark Gutshall at Brubaker Run Floodplain Restoration Commencement Ceremony

Remarks of Mark Gutshall at Brubaker Run Floodplain Restoration Commencement Ceremony

Remarks of Mark Gutshall, Founder and Vice President of LandStudies, Inc.: I would like to thank everyone who came out for the Lime Spring Square – Brubaker Run Floodplain Restoration Commencement Ceremony on April 20, 2017. This project, which will restore ...
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Pollutant Reduction Plans are a New Requirement for Many MS4 Communities

Pollutant Reduction Plans (PRPs) are a new requirement for 2018 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits/Notice of Intents (NOI). PRPs show how the municipality will reduce the pollutant loads going into a waterway. Any municipal separate storm sewer ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
LandStudies' Ryan Hartnett to Become Air Force Officer

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, ...
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 ...
Two Community Parks, Linked by a Mutual Stream: Rife Run, A Restoration Story

Two Community Parks, Linked by a Mutual Stream: Rife Run, A Restoration Story

Rife Run, a tributary of Chiques Creek, runs through Lancaster County. Flooding along this stream, which flows through the hearts of Logan and Mummau parks in Manheim Borough, made it difficult to keep the parks maintained and open for use ...
Gutshall Appointed to Conservancy Land Protection Committee

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 ...
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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 ...
How Legacy Sediment Impacts Streams and Floodplains

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 ...
Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) and LandStudies, Inc. Team Chosen to  Prepare Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plan for Paxton Creek

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) and LandStudies, Inc. Team Chosen to Prepare Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plan for Paxton Creek

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For additional information contact Christine Le at 717-627-4440 or christine@landstudies.com Harrisburg, PA – HRG, an employee-owned civil engineering and related services firm based in Harrisburg with offices across Pennsylvania, is partnering with Lititz-based LandStudies, Inc., a women-owned ...
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LandStudies Employee Profile: James Kreider

LandStudies has 30 staff who work on a variety of projects across south-central Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and beyond. In this and future web posts, we will highlight those staff who make our ecological restoration and design work possible. This ...
Wetlands

Wetlands Provide Numerous Benefits to Us

Over the years, LandStudies has worked on a variety of wetland creation and restoration projects across the greater Lancaster County area, which you can learn about here. This work is invaluable because wetlands are invaluable. They provide us with multiple ...
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A Pollutant Reduction Plan Helps Cocalico Creek Clean Up Its Act

Although you might not know it just by looking at it, the Cocalico Creek watershed has water quality issues. Located in Lebanon and north-central Lancaster counties, Cocalico Creek is a tributary of the Conestoga River, which then flows into the ...
Public-Private Partnerships

Public-Private Partnerships May Be Able to Solve Stormwater Problems

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others are coming to the realization that public-private partnerships, or P3s, are one solution to regional problems like stormwater pollution. Going it alone is not always the best course of action, especially when it ...
Pollution Diet

Pollution Diet for the Chesapeake Bay is a Good Thing

TMDL is sometimes referred to as a pollution diet to help clean up a polluted waterbody. TMDL stands for Total Maximum Daily Load. It is the maximum amount of pollution a waterbody can receive and meet water quality standards. Unfortunately, ...
Don’t Just Plant Them and Leave Them Alone: Riparian Buffer Maintenance

Don’t Just Plant Them and Leave Them Alone: Riparian Buffer Maintenance

Routine maintenance is extremely important in order to ensure the long-term success and usefulness of a riparian buffer. Many people are putting time and energy into stream restoration. One way they do this is through the planting of riparian buffers ...
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Conservation Districts Discuss the Importance of Stormwater Management

This week, the winter meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) is taking place in State College. Looking at the agenda, it’s great to see that the Department of Environmental Protection’s stormwater program and potential changes to it ...
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Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) – What are they are and why do they matter?

LandStudies staff have noticed a trend in our business lately... 20 They are looking for technical expertise to help them write their MS4 Program documents and pollutant reduction plans (PRPs) and determine which best management practices (BMPs) will be most efficient ...
LandStudies Reaching out to Municipalities to Promote Economic Ecology

LandStudies Reaching out to Municipalities to Promote Economic Ecology

In LandStudies’ trend-setting publication, Economic Ecology™: Floodplain Restoration, twelve Pennsylvania case studies demonstrate the economic rewards of tackling environmental issues on a regional scale, specifically through floodplain restoration. LandStudies wants municipalities throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and beyond to benefit ...
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Kelly Gutshall Named to Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Board

LandStudies is pleased to announce that Kelly Gutshall was one of five newly elected members of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Alliance Executive Director, Al Todd, announced, "I am delighted to welcome our new ...
B.R. Kreider & Son and LandStudies Recognized For Floodplain Restoration Project

B.R. Kreider & Son and LandStudies Recognized For Floodplain Restoration Project

Manheim, PA - B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, Pa., and LandStudies, Inc., a landscape architecture firm based in Lititz, Pa., recently received two awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors ...
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Wetland Revival at Big Spring Run

LandStudies was part of a collaborative effort to transform Big Spring Run into a new, thriving wetland ecosystem. Environmental engineers, geologists, botanists, landowners and F&M students provided 8 years of scientific research and monitoring that allowed LandStudies to design this ...
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Logan Park Rife Run Floodplain Restoration Project Awarded by ABC Keystone

LandStudies’ subcontractor, B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., received an Excellence in Construction award on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 for their work on the Logan Park Rife Run Floodplain Restoration project. The awards were hosted by ABC Keystone, a local chapter ...
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Mike LaSala to Hold Seminar on Pennsylvania MS4s on November 10th, 2016

LandStudies’ Mike LaSala is presenting on Pennsylvania MS4s: Preparing TMDL Plans, Nutrient/Sediment Plans, and Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plans in Fort Washington, PA on November 10th, 2016. Understand stormwater permit requirements and procedures for small MS4s Determine when a TMDL ...
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FREE Public Workshop – Friends of the Upper Delaware River

Do you care about the streams and creeks of Delaware County, NY? Want to learn more about why they are important and how you can protect them? If so, why not attend one of the FREE upcoming public workshops hosted ...
Gutshall to Speak at PA Recreation and Park Society Resource Operations Workshop

Gutshall to Speak at PA Recreation and Park Society Resource Operations Workshop

LandStudies’ Mark Gutshall will speak at the PA Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) Park Resource Operations Workshop on October 20 at Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA. This day-long event for recreation, school, and public works maintenance professionals features three tracks, one ...
LandStudies Featured in PA-DE ASLA 75th Anniversary Commemorative Publication

LandStudies Featured in PA-DE ASLA 75th Anniversary Commemorative Publication

LandStudies, Inc. was recently featured in the Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 75th Anniversary Commemorative Publication. The PA-DE ASLA Chapter reflected and celebrated its first 75 years by recognizing significant people, places and events that have ...
Landis Homes 'Friends of Woods and Wetlands' Group Admires Wetlands

Landis Homes ‘Friends of Woods and Wetlands’ Group Admires Wetlands

Landis Homes Retirement Community’s resident group, Friends of the Woods and Wetlands, finds enjoyment in getting outside and admiring the restored floodplain and natural areas LandStudies helped create.  https://www.facebook.com/LandisHomes/posts/10153821843802263 ...
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The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Recognizes LandStudies, Inc. as a Businesses for the Bay Founding Gold Member

(Annapolis, MD – June 28, 2016) – The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay recognizes LandStudies, Inc. as a Businesses for the Bay Founding Gold Member. LandStudies, Inc. joins a growing partnership of large and small businesses in the Chesapeake Bay watershed ...