Indoor Stream Attracts Wide Audience at 2014 PA Farm Show

Stream illustrates the important role that farmers play in state's clean water efforts

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in collaboration with the Stroud Water Research Center has created an indoor stream at the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show, and visitors of all ages are drawn to its natural beauty—and to the fish that are calling it home.

The stream is part of the "Today's Agriculture," exhibit hosted by PennAg Industries Association. PennAg's exhibit highlights animal and field crop production practices as a way to educate consumers about how their food is produced.

The flowing stream illustrates one of many steps taken by farmers to control polluted runoff: a 'streamside buffer' of native plants and trees. Streamside buffers not only help keep pollution from entering our streams, but they also provide habitat for wildlife, and keep water temperatures cooler—which makes fish happy. CBF and partners work with farmers throughout the region to establish these buffers and many other on-farm improvements that help make our waters cleaner.

CBF staff will be on-hand at the stream exhibit each day through the Farm Show's close on Saturday, January 11th. The "Today's Agriculture" exhibit encompasses more than 13,000 square feet of indoor space that has been converted into a typical livestock barn with adjacent fields of corn, soybean, and cover crops. A grocery store is also part of the exhibit. The exhibit is located in the Weis Exposition Hall.

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