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Allegheny County

Allegheny County recognized as a Groundwater Guardian Community since 1997
Explanation of Groundwater Guardian Award

Community Profile: http://www.groundwater.org/active/community.asp?id119

Contact: John P. Jeffries
Allegheny County Health Department
3901 Penn Ave, Bldg #5
Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1347
Phone: 412-578-8047 Fax: 412-578-8053
Email: jjeffries@achd.net
Website: www.county.allegheny.pa.us/

Allegheny County (SW): Borough of Etna, Grant Amount: $3,900
Project Title:  Design and Maintenance of Rain Gardens for Landscape Professionals

Contact: Mary Ellen Ramage, Etna Borough Manager 412-781-0569
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Education to prevent Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollution 2013-2014
Email: meramage@etnaborough.org
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.

River Alert Information Network (RAIN), Grant Amount: $5,000    

Project Title: From the River to the Tap: What you can do to Keep it Clean                              

Funding Source: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Source Water Protection 2011- 2012

Contact: Adrienne Buka, Network Coordinator 412-322-3821 Email: ab@riversidecenterforinnovation.com

Partners: Allegheny Land Trust, California University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Science Center

Focus: Project partners will form a Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) to conduct community source water protection public education workshops for municipal officials, residents and children.  The focus of the project is to provide the audience with opportunities to understand the “big picture” regarding threats to public drinking water sources, including natural gas development activities and abandoned mine drainage, and offer solutions that can be applied to the forty-three public water systems that comprise the RAIN network. Partners will create public drinking water educational materials including maps, brochures and an exhibit.    

PA Environmental Council, Grant Amount: $4,075

Project Title: Allegheny County Downspout Disconnection Program

Rain out of the drain workshopFunded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2010- 2011

River, stream, watershed affected: Allegheny, Mongehela and Ohio rivers

Partners:  Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Allegheny County, Etna Borough, Penn State Center- Engaging Pittsburgh, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association.

Focus: The Allegheny County Downspout Disconnection Program will educate residents and municipalities about the benefits of disconnecting downspouts to reduce stormwater entering combined sewer systems which  exacerbates overflows into the region's 3 rivers.  The partners will train residents on proper downspout disconnection techniques, enlist municipalities to participate in the disconnection program, and develop and print a Downspout Disconnect Brochure to provide illustrated guidance. (Insert) Based on urban studies, 100 average roofs disconnected from the sewer system will annually alleviate 2.6 million gallons of stormwater.

Three workshops were held. See workshop flyer.

Building Codes and Rain Barrels - Potential Conflict?

Contact:  Janie French, Director of Green Infrastructure Programs, 412-481-9400,  jfrench@pecpa.org

Allegheny County Parks,   $5,000  

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2009- 2010

Project Title: Allegheny County Parks Educational Signage & Programs in Boyce Park

River, stream, watershed affected by this project: Turtle Creek Watershed

Partners:  Turtle Creek Watershed Assoc, Allegheny County CD, DEP District Mining Office

Focus: educate  Allegheny County residents about the severe impacts of acid mine drainage on the watershed and a successful remediation project through interpretive signage at the site of a major passive treatment demonstration project in a public park, Boyce Park.

Contact:  Andy Baechle – Director of Parks, Allegheny County, 215-348-9915, Email Andrew.Baechle@AlleghenyCounty.US  


Earth Force, Inc.,   $5,000

Earth ForceFunded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2009- 2010

Project Title: “Messages Upon the Mon” Teachers in Service

River, stream, watershed affected by this project: Monogahela River

Partners:  ALCOSAN (Allegheny County Sanitary Authority), City of Pittsburgh - Council District #3, Conservation Consultants, Inc.

Focus: raise awareness about the connection between polluted stormwater runoff and water quality by engaging approximately 30 K-12 educators in watershed education workshops, and enlisting school students to participate in the service learning project through a series of storm drain stenciling campaigns in an urban business district in Pittsburgh.

Contact: Lisa Bardwell,  lbardwell@earthforce.org, 303-433-2956

Pennsylvania Resources Council, Allegheny Co, $5,000

Watershed Awareness Workshop powerpointFunded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2008- 2009

Project Title:  Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel Workshops

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Ohio River Watershed

Partners: Borough of Green Tree and Conservation Consultants Inc.

Focus: deliver ten Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel Workshops in Allegheny County with the goal of raising awareness and promoting action regarding issues such as nonpoint source pollution, combined sewer overflows and other sources of human impact plaguing the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio River Watersheds.

Contact:  Dave Mazza 412-431-4449x209 davem@ccicenter.org

Riverside Center for Innovation, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Greene, Clarion, Butler, Fayette, Armstrong and Washington Co, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2008- 2009

Project Title:  River Alert and Information Network (RAIN) Education and Outreach Program

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Allegheny, Youghiogheny, Monongahela and parts of the Ohio Rivers

Partners: River Alert and Information Network (RAIN) members and California University of Pennsylvania

Focus: educate and increase awareness of source water protection strategies via three major events (side 2) aimed at thirty-three drinking water suppliers in the Allegheny, Youghiogheny and Monongahela watersheds in eight southwest PA counties.

Read their Newsletter and Final Report. Congrats to RAIN on winning funding to install monitoring equipment.

Contact:  Emily Buka 412-322-3523 eb@riversidecenterforinnovation.com

Peters Creek Watershed Association, Allegheny and Washington counties, $4,600

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2006- 2007
Project Title:  Peters Creek Watershed Non-point Source Pollution Awareness Project
Area to be protected: Peters Creek
Partners:  Jefferson Hills Borough; Washington County Conservation District; Jennifer Cramer, Teacher, West Jefferson Hills School District

Focus:  use written materials, interpretive signage, and web based educational programs to instill in the citizens of Peters Creek watershed an incentive to adopt behaviors and encourage local policies that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in Peters Creek.

Contact:  Tim Schumann, peterscreekwsa@verizon.net

North Area Environmental Council, Allegheny County, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title: The Pine Creek Watershed: From Awareness to Action
Area to be protected: Pine Creek Watershed
Partners:  Township of Shaler and Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Focus: to produce a booklet, brochure, and table top displays to illustrate to citizens of the Pine Creek watershed the negative impacts of nonpoint source pollution and actions local government and property owners can take to protect the watershed.

Contact: Mary W. Wilson, 412-487-9542, kipperbeast@juno.com

Streets Run Watershed Association, Allegheny County, $4,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: Streets Run Watershed Public Awareness Blitz
Area to be protected: Streets Run Watershed
Partners: Boroughs of Baldwin, Brentwood, West Mifflin and Whitehall
Focus: develop watershed awareness educational materials
Contact: Coreen Casadei, 724-934-1440, email: ccasadei@collectiveefforts.com

Crafton Boro Council
Watershed Assessment with Informational Brochure and Workshops Project
Area(s) to be protected:
Lower Chartiers Creek Watershed
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Protection Project - 2001

Partner(s): Carlyton High School Students Senior Project, Heather Papinchak and Danielle Uffelman
Focus: produce and distribute an educational brochure and arrange community workshops.
Grant: $4,930
Contact: Heidi Munn, 412.920.6720, email: heidi.munn.b@bayer.com

Boro of Springdale
Wellhead Protection and Education Project
Area(s) to be protected:
Springdale Boro Sand and Gravel Outwash Aquifer
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Water Protection Projects - 2001

Partner(s): Allegheny Co Health Dept, PA Dept of Environmental Protection, Allegheny Valley School District, PA Rural Water Assn, Rachel Carson Homestead Assn, Boro of Springdale Wellhead Protection Comm, and Cub Scout Pack 554
Focus: Purchase and demonstrate a groundwater simulator model and produce written educational materials.
Grant: $5,000
Contact: J. Dugan, 724.274.6800, email: winklmanndanapr@aol.com

Hollow Oak Land Trust (HOLT)
Area to be protected: Montour Run Watershed
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Education Projects - 2000

Partners: Three Rivers Habitat Partnership, Pittsburgh Garden Place, Airport Corridor Transportation Association, and Montour Trail Council
Focus:  Hollow Oak Land Trust (HOLT), will produce window displays on watershed related topics for their storefront office in Coraopolis and distribute educational materials to promote citizen awareness of watershed issues.
Grant: $1,250
Contact: Janet Thorne, 412-264-5354, email: holt@trfn.clpgh.org

Montour Run Educational Project- Phase I
Area(s) to be protected: Montour Run Watershed, Coraopolis, Moon Township, Findlay Township, North Fayette Township, Allegheny County
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Water Protection Projects - 2000

Partners: Montour Run Watershed Association, Montour Trail Council and the Boy Scouts of America Crew #652
Focus: The coalition will create educational brochures and design and install educational signs on the Montour Trail.
Grant: $3,000
Contact: Alexander Ropelewski, 412.269.7738,
email: ropelews@psc.edu

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