CLUS helps Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association celebrate 30 years

The Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS) at Shippensburg University is helping the Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association (CCWA) celebrate 30 years as a leader on matters that affect the health and welfare of the Conodoguinet Creek Watershed.

To commemorate this anniversary, CLUS and CCWA are launching a new interactive map and video project called, “A Long Way with Many Bends.” The project is a visual story of Pennsylvania's Conodoguinet Creek and Watershed, the Conodoguinet Creek Water Trail and the Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association. The story includes educational materials about the region’s waters, geology and agriculture, and it highlights stunning images taken from the air and interviews with people working on the ground to protect, preserve and promote the watershed. “A Long Way with Many Bends” is the cumulative result of 30 years of CCWA-inspired watershed partnerships and another product of 150 years of high-quality student learningexperiences at Shippensburg University.

The Conodoguinet Creek flows 104.5 miles from the Kittatinny Ridge, down the Cumberland Valley and into the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg. The creek meanders through small towns and agricultural lands and the lower section includes a popular recreational trail. The creek watershed is the fifth-largest water-channeling area in the Susquehanna River Basin and a part of the greater Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 

"The project illustrates how community and volunteerism connect education and conservation principles to enhance the health of the Conodoguinet Creek Watershed. Everything that happens on the land around you has an impact on the Conodoguinet Creek, Susquehanna River, Chesapeake Bay and ultimately the global oceans. Wherever you live, you live in a watershed," explained Lisa Beatty, president of the Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association.

The project was made possible by support and grant funding from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the work of CLUS. CLUS provides hands-on learning experiences for Shippensburg University students through various interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects and leverages the expertise of affiliated scientists to promote sustainable land use, economic development, cultural and natural resource management and communities at local, regional and global scales. Dr. Scott Drzyzga, GIScience Director for the CLUS, lead the project.