Photo by Carol Kalinowski

Researchers On The River - Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies

This article was featured in our April 2013 newsletter.

Our coldwater trout streams have found a friend in an unlikely research center. No, it's not a group of ecologists, biologists, or even a sportsman's association. This champion for preserving fishable streams literally cares about dirt:  The Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at Penn State University. 

This group of unique researchers focus on creating stream-friendly roads and trails that reduce sediment pollution into our waterways. The state's natural gas industry is having a large impact on the rural road network and the Center is working on several fronts to address the impacts of the roads, both public and private, that serve this drilling industry. Check out a series of videos on their website, and their before and after project photos are incredible!  Additionally, you can listen to an interview with the Center from WPSU.

The Center's Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) Course is provides the knowledge and tools necessary for road owners to maintain roads in a more cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. The Center holds approximately 10 ESM Courses at locations around Pennsylvania every year.

Visit their website to learn about an ESM course near you: