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Bucks County (SE): Warrington Township, Grant Amount: $3,900

Project Title: Green Infrastructure Outdoor Classroom Trail and Home Owner Linkages
Contact: Tim Tieperman, 215-343-9350
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Education to prevent Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollution 2013-2014
Email: eac.warrington@gmail.com
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.

Bucks County (SE): Bucks County Conservation District, Grant Amount: $3,400

Project Title: Take the Next Step: Maintain Your BMPs
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Education to prevent Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollution 2012-2013
Contact: Mary Ellen Noonan, 215-345-7577 ext. 101, Email: maryellennoonan@bucksccd.org
Partners: Doylestown Township; Pennswood Village; Wells Appel, Planning, Landscape Architect, Urban Design; NAM Planning & Design LLC
Focus: Partners will conduct a workshop for municipal officials, municipal engineers, planning commission members, township maintenance staff, developers and residents to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining stormwater best management practices to preserve their effectiveness over time, followed by a tour. The tour will address issues involving porous pavement, rain gardens, riparian buffers, bioswales, mowing techniques and other BMPs. Attendees will receive a guide referencing the Pennsylvania Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual tailored to the tour locations. Educational tour videos will be posted on Facebook, YouTube and partner websites.

View: Save the Date Flyer; View "Maintain Your Best Management Practices" Workshop Flyer. View: 4/10/13 Workshop Agenda View: Maintain Your BMPs Workshop Evaluations

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary , Grant Amount:  $5,000   

(Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Schuylkill, Philadelphia)
Project Title: Commercial Guide for Stormwater Management 
Funding Source: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection 2011-2012
Contact:  Tom Davidock, Schuylkill Action Network Coordinator, 302-655-4990 ext.109
Email: tdavidock@delawareestuary.org
Partners:  Philadelphia Water Department, Schuylkill Action Network
Focus: This project will adapt the Philadelphia Water Department’s existing Green Guide for Property Management for use throughout the Delaware Valley Watershed.  The revised tool, Commercial Guide for Stormwater Management, will be reprinted and distributed to watershed practitioners and commercial property owners during trainings and other special events.  The guide and illustrations will be converted to a downloadable electronic format making its use widely available, beyond the immediate target audience. 

Doylestown Township,   $4,650

Project Title: Doylestown Community and Student Rain Garden Education Program

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

iver, stream, watershed affected by this project: Neshaminy Watershed

Partners:  Delaware Valley College, Bucks County Conservation District

Focus: educate Doylestown Township residents and students at Delaware Valley College about the importance of installing rain gardens, rain barrels, and other “green” approaches to manage stormwater runoff. The project will hold a rain garden design challenge and install the winning design at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown Township (invitation to dedication) along with a series of homeowner how-to workshops with a raffle of free rain barrels for rain garden workshop attendees.

View their rain garden brochure.

Contact:  Sandra Brookley Zadell,   215-348-9915, sbrookley@doylestownpa.org 

Warrington Township, Bucks Co, $4,997

Rain Barrel SignFunded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2008-2009
Project Title: Healthy Yards Initiative

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Little Neshaminy Watershed and the Little Neshaminy River

Partners: MS Gardening Service, Buxmont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Heritage Conservancy and Jamison Elementary School

Focus: 1) Demonstrate the Healthy Yards Initiative by naturalizing a detention basin (picture) on the property of a public and highly visible business that sits next to the Little Neshaminy Creek and 2) conduct homeowner property assessments, recommending healthy yard practices like storm water management, improved wildlife habitats, removal of invasive species and planting native vegetation on residential properties within the Township.  The project also includes a "Healthy Yard" poster or brochure contest for fifth grade students in the Township schools to  students in grades K-6, a rain barrel brochure and display and educational articles in the Township Newsletter.

Read their Final Report.

Contact:  Tim Tieperman 215-343-9350, eac.warrington@gmail.com.

 

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, Montgomery, Bucks, Berks and Lehigh Co, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2008-2009

Project Title:  Stormwater Outreach to Homeowner's Associations

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Perkiomen Creek

Partners: Limerick and Lower Providence Townships

Focus: to educate Homeowner Associations in Limerick Township about the benefits of propely maintaining stormwater management facilities and develop a set of recommendations that can be distributed to and used by a municipality to encourage or compel associations to properly maintain stormwater basins, thereby improving water quality, adding critical habitat and saving the Homeowner Associations money.

Contact:  Crystal Gilchrist 610-287-9383 cgilchrist@perkiomenwatershed.org

 

Bucks County Planning Commission, Bucks County, $5,000

thumbnailFunded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Source Water Protection Project 2007-2008
Project Title: Bucks County Watershed Protection Education and Community Awareness Project
Area to be protected: Unami, East Branch Perkiomen, Tohickon, Neshaminy, Little Neshaminy, Pennypack and Poquessing watersheds and Delaware River.
Partner: Pennridge Area Coordinating Committee

Focus: coordinate a guided bus tour to showcase innovative best stormwater management practices that municipal officials, engineers, planning commission members and developers can implement to reduce nonpoint source pollution.

Take the Virtual Tour.

Read the Final Report.

Contact:  Rea Monaghan 215-345-3267 remonaghan@co.bucks.pa.us

Riegelsville Borough, Bucks County; $2,800

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2006-2007
Project Title:  Riegelsville Borough Source Water Protection Education and Awareness Project
Area to be protected:  Riegelsville Borough wellhead areas in Riegelsville and Williams Township
Partners: Williams Township, Wilson Area School District, Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Riegelsville Fire Company

Focus: conduct an education and outreach program to implement their Source Water Protection Plan for groundwater in the Riegelsville area including a placemat, brochure, coloring page, display and information on the borough website.

Contact: Tammy Macaluso, riegelsville@verizon.net

Southeast Project Grass.  Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton and Schuykill counties, $4,950

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2006-2007
Project Title: Southeast Project Grass Grazing and Pasture Management Planner
Area to be protected: Delaware and Susquehanna watersheds
Partners: Natural Resources Conservation Service, Penn State Cooperative Extension and Reading Area Water Authority
Focus:  develop a 12-month Grazing and Pasture Management Planner illustrating Best Management Practices of pasture management that have been shown to be effective at lowering risks of pollution to drinking water supplies. 

Contact: Dan Ludwig, dan.ludwig@pa.usda.gov

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Lehigh counties, $ 5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2005-2006
Project Title:  Source Water Protection Education and Volunteer Action Program
Area to be protected: Perkiomen Creek
Partners: Natural Lands Trust, Philadelphia Water Authority, Aqua PA, Delaware Valley Earth Force, Montgomery County Conservation District, Lower Salford Township, Upper Perkiomen Trout Unlimited

Focus: hold Source Water Protection workshops emphasizing the source of local water supplies, challenges of maintaining a high quality supply, and the ways contaminants can be prevented from entering the water supply. Workshops will demonstrate ways citizens can protect their drinking water sources.

Contact: Crystal Gilchrist, (610) 287-9383,  email: cgilchrist@perkiomenwatershed.org

Bucks County Planning Commission. Bucks County, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title: Pennridge Area Water Resources Awareness Project
Area(s) to be protected: the Pennridge Area municipalities
Partner(s): Bucks County Planning Commission, Townships of Bedminster, E. Rockhill, Hilltown, and W. Rockhill; Boroughs of Dublin, Perkasie, Sellersville,and Silverdale; Pennridge Chamber of Commerce, Pennridge School District, Bucks County Community College; HilltownTownship Water & Sewer Authority, Perkasie Borough Water Authority, Dublin Borough Water Authority. North Penn Water Authority,
Focus: hold a water awareness day for the Pennridge area in conjunction with National Drinking Water Week and work with the school district to integrate source water protection issues in the curriculum.
Contact: Cynthia Unangst, 215-345-3884, email: ckunangst@co.bucks.pa.us

 

Natural Lands Trust. Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, Philadelphia counties, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title:  Water Supplier Lands Project
Area to be protected:  Source waters in SEPA
Partners: Natural Lands Trust, Philadelphia Water Dept, Heritage Conservancy, Brandywine Conservancy and Clean Water Action PA

Focus: highlight to local environmental organizations and municipal officials the need to protect buffer lands for public drinking water supply systems in the Delaware River Basin before they are sold for development. Produce a booklet on water supply lands.

Contact: David Harper, 610-353-5587,  email: dharper@natlands.org

 

The Peak Center, Inc., Bucks and Montgomery counties, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title: North Penn Water Authority Source Water Protection Education project

Area to be protected: North Penn Water Authority service area
Partner: North Penn Water Authority

Focus: conduct educational workshops aimed at citizens and municipal officials designed to educate about the importance of preventing nonpoint sources of pollution in the lower Delaware watershed in order to protect source waters for the North Penn Water Authority service area.

Contact: Robert Kutler, 215,362,7432, email: sec@peakcenter.org

 

Bucks County Planning Commission

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: Pennridge Area Source Water Protection Education and Awareness Project
Area(s) to be protected: the Pennridge Area Watersheds
Partner(s): Bucks County Planning Commission, Townships of Bedminster, E. Rockhill, Hilltown, and W. Rockhill; Boroughs of Dublin, Perkasie, Sellersville,and Silverdale; Pennridge Chamber of Commerce, Pennridge School District, Bucks County Community College, HilltownTownship Water & Sewer Authority, Perkasie Borough Water Authority, Bedminster Township Municipal Authority
Focus: develop an educational program for the Pennridge Area
Counties served: Bucks County

Grant: $3,200
Contact: Cynthia Unangst, 215-345-3884, email: ckunangst@co.bucks.pa.us

See the brochure they developed

 

Natural Lands Trust, Inc.

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: A Guide to Protecting Your Watershed
Area(s) to be protected: the Crum Creek
Partner(s)
: Natural Lands Trust, Inc & Crum Creek Watershed Partnership
Focus: develop and distribe a watershed poster/brochure about the Crum Creek and develope a template for others to use
Counties served: Delaware & Chester County

Grant: $4,900
Contact: David Harper, 610-353-5587, email: dharper@natlands.org

 

Delaware River Greenway


Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Protection Project 2001

Project Title: Project River Bright

Areas to be protected:  Delaware River

Partner(s): Students United for Nature, Students Against Violating the Environment, Delaware Canal State Park, Honey Hollow Audubon Society, Hunterdon Co, NJ, Con. District, Bucks Co Parks Dept, Systech Environmental Corp, Dept. of Interior, and Garden State Underwater Recove

Counties served: Bucks and Northampton Co in PA, and Hunterdon, Mercer, and Warren Co in NJ

Focus: Coordinate a cleanup of the Delaware River and conduct an educational environmental festival on the same day.
Grant: $4,000
Contact: Carrie Brownholtz, 215.862.4385, email: cdreamer@voicenet.com

North Penn Senior Environmental Corps


Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2001

Project title: Source Water Protection Education Project
Area(s) to be protected:
Neshaminy Creek and Delaware River Basin Watershed
Partner(s): North Penn Water Authority
Focus: prepare and deliver joint presentations about water conservation and source water protection to municipal governments, high schools, and community organizations .

Counties served: Bucks and Montgomery Co
Grant: $4,300
Contact: Dick Lehman, 215.362.7432, email: NPSC@enter.net

 

Telford Boro Authority, Bucks and Montgomery Co


Wellhead Protection Area Signage Project
Area(s) to be protected: wells located in East Branch Perkiomen Creek, Indiana Creek, and Mill Creek watersheds
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2001

Partner(s): Telford Boro, West Rockhill Twp, Hilltown Twp, Salford Twp, Franconia Twp, and Spotts, Stevens and McCoy, Inc.
Focus: develop and install wellhead protection signage in the water supply areas.
Grant: $2,300
Contact: Mark Fournier, 215.723.5000, email: mfournier@netcarrier.com

Upper Southampton Twp
Protecting and Improving Upper Southampton Twp's Watersheds and Drinking Water Project
Area(s) to be protected:
Southampton Creek and Mill Creek
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2001

Partner(s): Bucks Co Conservation District, Tamanend Trust, Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, Bucks Co Planning Commission, Bucks Co Commissioners, Upper Southampton Twp Natural Resources Advisory Board and Southampton Creek Watershed Assn
Focus: produce a video addressing the Neshaminy Creek and Mill Creek watersheds; distribute brochures; and air presentations about water resources problems on the municipal cable channel.
Grant: $5,000
Contact: Richard Sabol, 215.322.9700 ext.127, email: RSabol@southamptonpa.com

Sharing Our Knowledge of Best Management Practices for Saving our Watersheds
Area(s) to be protected: Delaware Watershed/CoreCreek Watershed Neshaminy and Ottercreek
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Education for Pollution Prevention Projects - 2000

Partners:
Bristol Township School District, F.D. Roosevelt Middle School, League of Women Voters of Bucks County and Bucks Co. Commissioners and agencies
Focus:
The FDR Middle School will video middle school student presentations about water protection issues and share the information with elected officials, citizens, and service groups. Read their Press Release.
Grant: $3,000
Contact: Kathleen Horwatt, 215.788.0436,
email: kathorwatt@aol.com, khorwatt@ptd.net

Safe Drinking Water and Alternative On-Site Wastewater Technology
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Protection Project 1999

Focus: Failing on-site systems threaten drinking water safety in the Perkiomen watershed. The partners will conduct two workshops on how failing systems impact water supply and technologies available for correcting problems. Involved Bucks, Berks, Lehigh and Montgomery Counties.
Partners: The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, The Philadelphia Suburban Water Company
Grant: $2,350
Contact: Alexandra Curran, 610-287-9383

Wellhead Protection Area Management Techniques
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Ground Water and Wellhead Protection Grants- 1995 & 1996

The Bucks County Planning Commission and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Bucks County Water Supply and Model Wellhead Protection Study sponsored a seminar on the wellhead protection area management techniques recommended in the County Study.
Contact: Dennis Livrone, Bucks County Planing Commission, 215-345-3419.

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