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Chester County

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. 

Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association, Grant Amount: $5,000

Project Title: Stormwater Basin Naturalization Outreach and Demonstration             

Funding Source: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2010-2011

Contact:  Anne Murphy 610-892-8731   Email: crc@nni.com

Partners:  Concord Township-Delaware, Newtown Township-Delaware, Thornbury Township-Delaware, Yerkes Associates, Aqua Pennsylvania, Taylor Geoservices, Inc., Cobblestones at Thornbury, Fox Hill Farm

Focus: Partners will work with four communities to modify stormwater basins using native plantings to improve water infiltration and reduce sediment pollution.  The project includes two guided site tours, retrofitting two traditionally designed stormwater basins, review of basin maintenance agreements, creation of a “How to Retrofit Your Basin” step by step written guide, and hosting a retrofitting workshop.

The East Fallowfield Township Park and Recreation Commission,   $5,000

Project Title: East Fallowfield Community Park Rain Gardens

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

Area to be protected: Brandywine-Christina Watershed/Dennis Run

Partners:  Brandywine Valley Association, The Glen Rose Conservancy, Harker Gardening Service, LLC

Focus: raise awareness among residents about the role that rain gardens can play inprotecting the watershed from effects of stormwater runoff and nonpoint source pollution through a community workshop and hands-on participation in rain garden demonstration plantings in the new township park, along with interpretive signs, watershed stewardship web page, exhibit and tour of the rain gardens.

Contact:  Peter Massaro - Chair, Park & Recreation Commission,

Email:  PMassaro@tierde.com



White Clay Wild and Scenic Program (White Clay Creek Watershed Management Committee),   $4,690

WRN BrochureWREN fact sheetFunded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2009-2010

Project Title: White Clay Watershed Reforestation Outreach
Area to be protected: White Clay Creek

Partners: White Clay Watershed Association (WCWA), Brandywine Conservancy, Stroud Water Research Center, London Grove Township, Franklin Township (Chester County, PA)

Focus: educate and motivate municipal officials and landowners in London Grove and Franklin Townships, Chester County, to reforest open space to protect water resources through an educational workshop (see Powerpoint), supporting materials, (brochure and Fact Sheet) and follow up expertise to assist with future planting of 5000 trees within the two municipalities

Contact:  Linda Stapleford, River Administrator, 302-731-1756

Email: Riveradministrator@whiteclay.org


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

Southeast Project Grass Grazing and Pasture Management Planner 2007Funded 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

Octoraro Watershed Association. Lancaster, Chester and Cecil, MD counties, $ 5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2005-2006
Project Title: Agricultural BMP Calendar Design and Distribution
Area to be protected: Octoraro Creek Watershed
Partners: Chester Water Authority and Colerain Township
Focus: design, print and distribute a calendar which will provide information about agricultural best management practices which will prevent contamination of the source waters which provide the Chester Water Authority's drinking water supply.

Contact: Patrick Fasano,  717-529-2132, owa1@epix.net

Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association. Delaware, Chester counties; $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title: Ridley Creek Watershed Homeowners Outreach Program
Area to be protected: Ridley Creek Watershed
Partners: Natural Lands Trust, Nether Providence, Middletown, East Goshen, Willistown, Edgemont, Ridley, Upper Providence townships

Focus: use reference materials, displays, local cable television access, website postings, and workshops for homeowner groups to promote best watershed stewardship practices that will reduce nonpoint source pollution the Ridley Creek watershed.

Contact: Anne Murphy, 610-892-8731, email: crc@nni.com

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

Elk Creek Watershed Association. Chester County, $4,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: Elk Creeks Watershed Identification Project
Area(s) to be protected: Elk Creeks Watershed
Partner(s): Elk Creeks Watershed Association & Chester County Conservation District
Focus: design and install watershed identification signs
Contact: Martha Straus, 610-998-9900, email: ecwa@elkwatershed.org

Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Water Protection Projects - 2001
Project Title:
Chester and Ridley Creeks Watersheds Monitoring and Educational Project
Area(s) to be protected:
Chester and Ridley Creeks
Partner(s): Widener University, Thornbury Twp, Chester Co Water Resources Auth, Delaware Co Inst. of Science, Philadelphia Suburban Water Co, Willistown Twp Env. Advisory Council, Swarthmore College, and Edgmont Twp
Focus: Present water quality data collected to citizens in the community and provide watershed posters to fourth and seventh grade classrooms.
Counties Served: Chester and Delaware Co
: $4,890
Contact: Eunice Alexander, 610.692.0923, email: ela6@bellatlantic.net

Stream Bank Stabilization Project
Area(s) to be protected: French Creek/Schuylkill River
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Education for Pollution Prevention Projects - 2000

Camphill Village, Kimberton Hills, Inc., AmeriCorps, Stroud Water Research Center, Phoenixville High School, and Uppatinas Alternative School
By training AmeriCorps personnel in water resources protection issues, Kimberton Hills will create an implement a stewardship strategy for a small stream on the property which feeds the French Creek.
Grant: $3,000
Contact: Judy Stevens, 610.935.0300,
email: camphillwater@nni.com

Success Through Knowledge and Strength, Chester County and Lancaster County
Area(s) to be protected: Octoraro Watershed, Chester and Lancaster Counties
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Water Protection Projects - 2000

Partners: Octoraro Watershed Association, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Chester Water Authority, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Chester and Lancaster County Conservation Districts
Focus: OWA leadership will undergo training to learn how to recruit and develop township liaison taskforces in each of the municipalities of the watershed. After these satellite groups have been established, OWA will sponsor community discussion groups in each municipality to hear ideas and concerns and to develop strategies regarding protection of the watershed.
Grant: $3,000
Contact: Frank Rohrer, 717.529.2132,
email: rohrer1009@pa.free1.net, owa@desupernet.net

Streamside Property Owners Stewardship Project Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Education for Pollution Prevention Projects - 1999

Focus: The partners developed an educational brochure on stream buffer management practices targeted at suburban stream side residents and host one or more workshops for residents.
Partners:  Green Valleys Association, Stroud Water Research Center, Schuylkill Riverkeeper, Chester County Conservation District
Grant: $2,360
Contact: John Hoekstra, 610-469-4900, Diane Harris, email: gva@greenvalleys.org

Caln Township Citizen Stream Monitoring Project
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Education for Pollution Prevention Projects - 1999

The partners will launch a model citizen stream monitoring project on the Lower Beaver Creek in Caln Township, Chester County. Program will include chemical and biological testing and habitat evaluation. The project will serve as a model for other townships to raise awareness about steam health.
Partners: Brandywine Valley Association, Caln Township
Grant: $3,000
Contact: Robert Struble/Jane Fava, 610-793-1090, email: bvarcva@worldaxes.com

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