Earth and Environment

Research examines stream restorations with an eye on improving Chesapeake Bay

Jennifer Sliko, assistant teaching professor of earth and geosciences in the Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, and colleague Shirley Clark, professor of environmental engineering, are leading a group of undergraduate and graduate students to study the impact of stream restorations on the Chesapeake Bay, the world’s largest estuary and a major fishery and ecological resource.

Saving the Bay

Nutrient pollution is a major issue affecting water quality around the world: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names it “one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems.” The Chesapeake Bay, with some 64,000 square miles of land draining into a shallow, narrow body of water just 200 miles long, is in some respects a worst-case scenario. Over the last 10 years, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has taken a lead role in solving this problem.