Partners: Berks County Commissioners, Berks County Conservation District, Berks County Solid Waste Authority, Western Berks Water Authority, Reading Area Water Authority, Pennsylvania American Water Company, Hamburg Municipal Authority, City of Reading Public Works Department, Georgeadis Setly, Esq., and Dale R. Kratzer
Focus: The Partners will form a county wide Source Water Protection Collaborative that will create awareness, programs, and policy which will enable the implementation of an effective Source Water Protection program for all of Berks County. The coalition will form a Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) that will conduct a series of public education and outreach events including a full day seminar on July 31st for municipal officials, water and sewer providers, a comprehensive web site, an informational brochure, and a public education program to be delivered to civic groups, schools, and municipal bodies.
Partners: Columbia County Commissioners, Columbia County Emergency Management Agency, United Water Pennsylvania, Catawissa Water Authority, Fishing Creek Watershed Association
Focus: The Partners will form a multi-county source water protection coalition of key stakeholders (public and private water suppliers, municipalities, agriculture, industry and others who value water resources) throughout Columbia and Montour counties that will promote long range strategies to urge protection and preservation of water resources for future generations. The Coalition will form a Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) and conduct a series of public education and outreach events at schools and community meetings using models and maps to describe source water protection areas and to encourage land use planning and resource management practices that result in reduction of water contamination threats. The team will develop educational materials including a brochure and website for public outreach. The Coalition will seek participation from all water suppliers in Columbia and Montour counties to develop source water protection plans.
Partners: Hemlock Farms Community Association Water Company, Milford Water Authority, Twin and Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy, Blooming Grove Township, Pike County Conservation District, Lackawaxen River Conservancy, Pennsylvania Rural Water Association
Focus: The Partners will foster collaboration to prevent contamination of public and private water sources in Pike County. The Coalition will form a Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) to conduct community education for key stakeholders about major pollutant risks and to encourage responsibility to reduce the risks. The team will develop a unifying message, a press release, website, and stewardship programs using models, fact sheets and educational materials. The Coalition plans to encourage all water systems in Pike County to implement source water protection efforts.
The following twelve Watershed Education Projects totaling $49,400 were awarded funding for activities focusing on improving watersheds by reducing nonpoint source water pollution. The goal of the WREN Watershed Education Grant Program is to raise public awareness, encourage watershed stewardship and action, and to improve public policies that will protect water resources in Pennsylvania today and for future generations. The twelve grantees selected for funding under the 2013-2014 WREN Watershed Education Grant Program are listed below.
Funding for NPS education projects is made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Nonpoint Source Management Program through Section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act, administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
2013-2014 WREN Watershed Education Project Summaries:
Partners: DCNR, 3 Rivers Wet Weather, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Nine Mile Run Watershed
Focus: As municipalities begin to deal with the ALCOSAN consent decree, they need to find innovative and cost effective means to address stormwater management. The partners will host a workshop that includes hands-on training to teach officials and landscape professionals how to design and install stormwater management Best Management Practices to ensure long-term success for municipalities throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
Partners: Borough of Ambler, Ambler Environmental Advisory Council (AEAC), Penn State Cooperative Extension, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Green Treks TV, Rain Gardens for the Bays, Wissahickon High School Key Club and Interact Club
Focus: The Ambler Environmental Advisory Council and its partners will educate hundreds of property owners and students about the need for stormwater management and the solutions that rain gardens provide. The partners will organize 20 volunteer events to install ten rain gardens in Ambler Borough. The partners plan to conduct two rain garden workshops, two rain garden tours, six community events, and make door-to-door visits and develop yard signs. Promotion will include distribution of newspaper articles and flyers. Ten case studies will be posted on three websites.
Partners: West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County Agricultural Preserve Board, Lancaster County Conservation District
Focus: Project partners will explore a new “greening” model in West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, utilizing agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs). Partners will visit all 92 farms in West Lampeter’s agricultural district. During visits, partners will distribute educational materials, discuss BMPs, inventory BMPs in place, and offer resources for developing and implementing conservation plans. Project activities include three workshops, developing an electronic newsletter, and distributing educational materials. Lancaster Farmland Trust will conduct a public meeting that engages West Lampeter Township officials, farmers and other residents in a dialogue to help identify future opportunities for collaboration and education about sustaining water quality.
Partners: University Area Joint Authority, College Township, Harris Township
Focus: Project partners will host a Backyard Makeover Contest that creates community interest, demonstrates the value of healthy streamside plantings, and encourages streamside property owners to plant native trees and shrubs along the stream bank and refrain from removing natural vegetation.
Partners: Philadelphia Water Department, Jenkintown Borough, Abington Township, Cheltenham Township
Focus: Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) and Partners will organize four project tours for municipal officials, institutions, businesses, and schools that will provide details on stormwater Best Management Practice project function, cost, and maintenance, as well as develop a virtual tour for the TTF website. Expected outcomes include generating awareness of BMP projects that already exist in the community and connecting interested individuals with resources to help them implement BMP projects on their own properties.
Partners: Penn State Extension, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Northampton County Conservation District, Appalachian Mountain Club, Wildlands Conservancy, Upper Saucon Township Water Authority, Bushkill Township, Nurture Nature Center.
Focus: The partners will collaborate on the Master Watershed Steward Program (MWSP) in Lehigh and Northampton counties, which is being piloted during 2013. The Program will provide volunteers with the knowledge and confidence to address critical watershed stewardship concerns at a time of tightening government budgets and constrained resources. Modeled after the highly successful Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program, the MWSP pilot will work to create a model that can be expanded throughout the Commonwealth.
Partners: Chest Creek Watershed Alliance, Patton Borough, Newburg Borough, Mahaffey Borough, Cambria County Conservation District, Clearfield County Conservation District, Westover Borough, Westover Municipal Authority
Focus: The partners will work to develop a stronger sense of cooperation and unity throughout the Chest Creek watershed by engaging municipal officials and local residents in a series of public meetings about polluted runoff that will develop six educational watershed signs. The project will develop a webpage, and a brochure.
Partners: Mount Joy Borough Water Authority, David Christian & Associates, Inc.
Focus: The partners will design and construct a functional rain garden demonstration site, including signage, at the Mount Joy Borough Office to educate officials and community residents. The partners will host two workshops and provide participants with a how-to manual and a professional garden design services discount. Officials and community residents will be encouraged to participate in the various phases of the rain garden project including design , construction and maintenance.
Partners: City of Sunbury, Sunbury Community Garden, Sunbury Municipal Authority, Northumberland County Conservation District, Hill Neighborhood Council, Shamokin Watershed Group
Focus: The Partners will educate residents of the Hill Neighborhood (1500 Households) and municipal officials about the negative effects of nonpoint source pollution at two workshops/workdays presented by the Northumberland County Conservation District and Shamokin Watershed Group. The workshops will offer incentives for homeowners to install rain barrels and plant rain gardens on their own properties. The project will also work with the City of Sunbury to evaluate current ordinances and storm water management practices to determine effective options to help reduce polluted runoff.
Partners:State College Borough, Clearwater Conservancy, Centre County League of Women Voters
Focus: Partners will organize the Light Step, Right Step (LSRS) festival to educate residents and local officials on ways to mitigate polluted runoff in the Spring Creek Watershed through the use of stormwater best management practices and water resource protection and conservation. The LSRS festival is a sustainability-based themed event in its second year. Partners hope to draw a large crowd from the Centre County region and beyond by hosting a number of activities, workshops, presentations, documentary film showing, as well as food and entertainment to celebrate water protection successes achieved thus far.
Partners: The Manada Conservancy, Hummelstown Borough
Focus: The partners will conduct an hands-on streamside buffer planting event to educate municipal workers and creek side landowners. The planting project will create a 100 ft. buffer with educational signage to demonstrate proper installation of stream buffers and why they are essential to water quality. The partners will design and install educational signage at the site.
Partners: Warrington Township, Warrington Environmental Advisory Committee, Villanova University Sustainable Engineering Program, Warrington Open Space Committee
Focus: The goal of the project is to educate Warrington municipal officials and residents about green infrastructure (GI) and the benefits of maintaining GI in both public and private places. Interpretive signage will help transform an existing trail into an outdoor learning experience. In addition, the partners will provide materials, including rain barrels and native plants, to the public at a greatly reduced cost during the township’s Annual Warrington Day event.
For more information, contact Julie Kollar, WREN Project Director, (267) 468-0555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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