The Pennsylvania State University, Center for Watershed Stewardship, Department of Landscape Architecture, Master’s of Landscape Architecture, (MLA/CWS). 

Areas of Study:


Center for Watershed Stewardship


The Center for Watershed Stewardship is a new initiative at Penn State, funded by a major grant from the Howard Heinz Endowments and housed jointly in the Department of Landscape Architecture and School of Forest Resources. The Center's purpose is to create the next generation of watershed professionals by combining interdisciplinary capabilities with strong disciplinary bases in a community-oriented context. The Center's inaugural programs included graduate studies in watershed stewardship beginning Fall 1998 and a continuing education program of shortcourses for water resources professionals, with courses beginning Spring 1999.

Spruce Creek Watershed Assessment and Stewardship Plan

The 2003/04 Spruce Creek Keystone Project is an assessment of the ecological and cultural resources in the Spruce Creek watershed.  The assessment was conducted by an inter-disciplinary team of eight graduate students, in partial fulfillment of the Watershed Stewardship Option through the Center for Watershed Stewardship (CWS) at the Pennsylvania State University's University Park campus.  The Spruce Creek watershed was selected as a result of an application submitted to the CWS by the Huntingdon and Centre County Conservation Districts.

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Table of Contents Executive Summary Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Appendicies


Landscape Architecture Independent Study

Belmont Neighborhood, West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The primary goal of this design exercise was to reestablish the natural connection between the residents of the Belmont Neighborhood and the water that sustains them. This goal sought to enhance people’s daily interactions with water and establish experiences that present water not as something for utility and consumption, but rather a precious resource with considerable environmental, historical and cultural value.

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Village of New Albany, Ohio Part One

This study was a result of concerns about The Market Street Residential plan being proposed by the New Albany Company Inc., to be located in the village center area of New Albany, Ohio. The plan area was 38.3 acres in total with a proposed residential zoning. Approximately 7.0 acres adjacent to Rose Run Creek was to be dedicated and deeded to the Village of New Albany as public parkland. The remaining site area (approximately 18 to 20 acres) was intended to be developed as single family residential.

The intent was to study the site and its contribution/impacts to the surrounding ecosystem. Three distinct site conditions were of interest: 1. Existing condition, predevelopment, 2. As if developed per existing Preliminary Development Plan, and 3. An alternative site design intended to meet the needs of the existing zoning and goals of the owner while improving the stormwater management scheme and reducing the potential negative environmental impacts of the development.

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Village of New Albany, Ohio Part Two

Two alternative methods of stormwater regulation and development practice were proposed for the Market Street Residential project, aspiring to the following goals:
a. Protection of water quality by promoting infiltration versus runoff.
b. Reducing long term erosion impacts on stream channels.
c. Reduction in the lowering of regional water tables.
d. Protection of municipal drinking water sources.

A benefit/cost analysis (BCA) was performed to aid in evaluating the alternative design approaches.

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View the Market Street Residential BCA - VISUAL presentation in PDF format


Village of New Albany, Ohio Part Three

This study reviewed the current state of stormwater management in the Village of New Albany, Ohio (VNA).  It addressed issues regarding current management practices, reviewing and commenting on the effectiveness of current VNA stormwater regulations and critiquing portions of the NPDES Phase II stormwater permit application submitted by the Village in 2003. Examples of regulations, methods, practices and technologies that could assist the Village meet its stormwater needs were then presented. One of the above mentioned methods was then applied via sub-watershed case studies, providing recommendations for establishing riparian buffers. Finally, suggestions were made as to goals that could be included as part of adopting a comprehensive stormwater management ordinance.

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Elective Coursework

Cultural Ecology

Environmental Law

Environmental Resource Economics


Rural Sociology - Belize 2004

Watershed Management

Wetlands Science

Summer  Work / Research

Wetland Research, Summer 2003