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Butler County

Butler County Planning Commission   $1,850  

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2011-2012

Project Title:  Butler County Stormwater Training and Rain Garden Demonstration Project

River, stream, watershed affected by this project: County-wide

Partners:  County of Butler, Butler County Planning Commission, Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

Focus: The project will provide County municipal officials with a clear understanding of the municipal stormwater regulations, and benefits of best management practices to assist them with adoption, implementation, day-to-day administration and enforcement.The project will conduct a stormwater workshop for municipal officials and engineers in Butler County featuring expert speakers.  Municipal officials will also receive an informative tour of a local rain garden demonstration project, recently installed by project partner Audubon Society of Western PA, to showcase an example of stormwater best management practices.

Contact:  David P. Johnston, Planning Director, 724-284-5301 djohnsto@co.butler.pa.us

 

PA Cleanways of Butler – Lawrence Counties,   $5,000  

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

Project Title:  Big Run Cleanup and Placemat Contest

River, stream, watershed affected by this project: Big Run

Partners:  Lawrence County Recycling/Solid Waste Dept, City of New Castle

Focus: conduct a comprehensive hands-on public education program to illustrate the effects of illegal dumping on the Shenango River, a source of drinking water for the City of New Castle, through the cleanup of an illegal dumpsite to re-beautify Big Run in Cascade Park, development of an educational video of the cleanup effort, and a placemat contest targeting students ages 8 to 18, which will  produce 50,000 placemats featuring the winning student designs for outreach through local restaurants.

Contact:  Jerry Zona – Executive Director, 724-658-6925, butlerlawrencecleanways@verizon.net

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

Mars Area School District Science Department

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: Mars Area School District Water Resource Education Program
Area(s) to be protected: the Breakneck Creek/Connoquenessing Creek
Partner(s): PA Rural Water Association, Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance
Focus: purchase equipment for their Stream Testing-Groundwater Protection program
Counties served: Butler County Grant: $3,910
Contact: William Wesley, 724-625-1581, email: billw63@hotmail.com

Mars Area School District recognized as a Groundwater Guardian Community since 1997
Explanation of Groundwater Guardian Award

Community Profile (Mars Area School District): http://www.groundwater.org/active/community.asp?id123
Contact:
Brian Hobaugh
Groundwater Protection Program
Box 520, Rt. 228
Mars, PA 16046 US
Phone: 724-625-1581
Fax: 724-625-4477
E-mail: BrianHobaugh@hotmail.com

Mars Schools' Groundwater Protection Program, Butler County
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Grants - 1997-1998

Coalition Partners: Mars Area School District, Pa Dept of Environmental Protection, PA Rural Water Association
Grant: $2,000

Focus: To involve high school students in developing and implementing a groundwater festival for elementary school students as part of an ongoing source-water protection curriculum for schools. The group intends to have the festival become an annual event.

Accomplishments: Recruited high school students to run the program, selected third grade as target group, and expanded project to include holding the festival at two sites (one date per site). Held planning day for high school science teachers involved with project. To encourage involvement of students, parents, and teachers prior to the festivals the project sponsored:

  • An in-service to orient third grade teachers and get their input into program
  • A "home hazardous waste inventory day" to identify safer alternatives and proper disposal of wastes being stored in the home
  • A contest to select a theme and T-shirt logo for the festivals
  • An invitation to all parents of third graders to send a sample of their drinking water with their child for evaluation during the festivals.

Two groundwater festivals were held in May 1998. Total attendance at the two festivals included 192 third graders, 20 parent volunteers, and eight third-grade teachers. Participants made new contacts with local businesses and organizations. Publicity about the project appeared in the local media, a local legislator's newsletter, and the schools district's newsletter

Successes, Obstacles, and Unanticipated Outcomes: Attending the Groundwater Guardian Conference in November 1997 exposed two project representatives to many new ideas and contacts that helped the project.


 
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