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Centre County (NC): Borough of State College, Grant Amount: $1,500 
Project Title: Light Step, Right Step Festival

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Education to prevent Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollution 2013-2014
Contact:  Alan Sam, 814-234-7145
Email: asam@statecollegepa.us
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.

Centre County (NC): Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Grant Amount: $3,800
Project Title: Return the Roots-A Backyard Makeover for Streamside Landowners

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Education to prevent Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollution 2013-2014
Contact:  Judi Sittler, 814-861-3277
Email: jlsittler@comcast.net
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.

Blair, Centre, Clearfield Counties (NC): Rush Township, Grant Amount: $6,000

Project Title: Central PA Source Water Alliance for Protection
Funding Source: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Source Water Protection (SWP) 2012-2013
Contact: Michael Savage, 814-342-7590, Email: michaelsavage@verizon.net
Partners: Philipsburg Borough; DCNR- Black Moshannon State Park; Houtzdale Municipal Authority; Clearfield County Conservation District; Moshannon Creek Watershed Coalition; Pennsylvania American Water; Centre County Conservation District; Oak Ridge Authority; Clearfield Planning and Community Development Office; BCI Municipal Authority; Chester Hill Borough
Focus: The Partners will form a regional Source Water Protection Collaborative and will seek participation of additional area water systems interested in working together to educate local officials, citizens and school children about ways to protect local drinking water sources from pollution and address the increasing level of gas well drilling in the region. The goal is to encourage action to protect drinking water supply areas in the Moshannon-Mosquito Creek and Clearfield Creek Watersheds of Clearfield and Centre Counties, assist contingency planning and improve emergency response to potential contamination events. The coalition will create a Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) that will conduct a series of public education and outreach events using visual models such as the groundwater model and source water area maps. To assist the coalition's activities, project funds will be used to develop a Source Water Protection brochure that will be distributed during public education events, field days, workshops and school programs and posted to partner websites. The coalition will address improved emergency response coordination to potential contamination events.

Moshannon Creek Watershed Coalition, Centre and Clearfield counties, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2006-2007
Project Title: Outreach in the Moshannon Creek Watershed
Area to be protected:  Moshannon Creek
Partners:  Centre County Conservation District, Clearfield County Conservation District, Rush Township (Centre County), Decatur and Morris townships (Clearfield County),  Wood Duck Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Focus:  design a newspaper insert about acid mine drainage and the devastating effects this nonpoint source pollution has had on the Moshannon Creek.  By placing the insert in several area newspapers, citizens will learn how they can support officials looking to initiate and finance restoration efforts.

Contact:  Art Beveridge, ascotchman@verizon.net

Juniata Clean Water Partnership, Huntingdon & Centre counties; $1,395

 

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2005-2006
Project Title: Juniata River Education and Outreach
Area to be protected:  Juniata River
Partners:  Warriors Mark Township, Central PA Conservancy, Spruce Creek Watershed Association, Huntingdon County Planning Commission, Penn State Extension

Focus: hold land use/open space workshop designed to equip municipal officials with tools, including ordinance changes, to deal with nonpoint source pollution resulting from land development, agricultural enterprises and in-stream flow reductions from groundwater withdrawal from the high quality trout stream. Design and distribute  a newsletter.

Contact:    Mike Makufka, JCWP, 814-506-1190, makufka@jcwp.org ,   http://www.jcwp.org/

 

Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance, Union, Centre counties, $4,500

Funded by:  LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2005-2006

Project Title: Buffalo Creek Watershed Outreach Program

Area to be protected: Buffalo Creek Watershed

Partners: Union County Conservation District, Union County Planning Commission, Buffalo Township

Focus: upgrade website (www.buffalocreek.org), produce and distribute newsletters, hold public events for residents of the watershed, and encourage creek property owners to plant riparian buffers so that nonpoint source pollution in the Buffalo Creek from erosion, agriculture and stormwater runoff can be reduced.

Contact: Allan Grundstrom, (570) 524-0966, email: algrund@bucknell.edu

 

PA Assn. for Sustainable Agriculture, Centre County; $4,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title: Managing Soils with Cover Crops to Reduce Non-point Source Pollution

Area protected:  statewide

Partner: Centre County Commissioners Office

Focus:  hold two workshops at PASA Annual Conference about cover crop strategies to reduce nonpoint source pollution from farming operations.

Contact: Heather House, 814-349-9856, email: heather@pasafarming.org

 

Juniata College on behalf of the Juniata Clean Water Partnership, $2,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: Development of the Juniata Watershed Resource Center
Area protected: Juniata River Watershed
Partners: Allegheny Ridge Corp, Bedford, Fulton, Juniata, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Perry and Blair Co Conservation Districts, Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin Co Planning Offices, Canaan Valley Institute, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Juniata College, Mid-State and Southern Alleghenies Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Penn State Coop Extention (Mifflin/Juniata), Southern Alleghenies Conservancy, Tri-County Regional Planning Corp, Westsylvania Heritage Corp, & Western PA Watershed Protection Program
Focus: develop a Water Resource Center at Juniata College
Counties served: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Fulton, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry Snyder, Somerset County
Contact: Stephanie Odenwald, 814-627-5391, email: sodenwald@jcwp.org

Students-Community-Streams-Connections

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Protection Project 1999

Focus: The partners, led by the ClearWater Conservancy, will expand the "Connections" project which was piloted in 1998-99 and reached 800 students with the help of 70 volunteers and 27 teachers. The project is designed to foster student relationships with Centre County streams and encourage County residents to work together to protect water resources. In 1999-2000, 800 additional students and 200 community resource people will become involved in Connections, with a long term goal of every school in Centre County having watershed education as an established part of the curriculum.

Partners: ClearWater Conservancy, Spring Creek Watershed Commission, Central PA Institute of Science and Technology, Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County Conservation District, PA DEP, Northcentral Regional Office, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Penn State Chapter, Am. Water Resources Association, Centre County Office of Planning

Grant: $3,000

Contact: Beth Thoma at bthoma_99@yahoo.com

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