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Columbia County Projects

Columbia & Montour Counties:  Columbia and Montour County Conservation Districts, Grant Amount:  $7,000
Project Title: Columbia-Montour Source Water Protection Coalition

Contact: Mary Wagner, CCCD Manager , 570-784-1310 x114
Contact: Kim Leshock, MCCD Manager, 570-271-1140        

Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Source Water Protection Education 2013-2014
Email: maryruth.wagner@columbiaccd.org
jEmail: kleshock@verizon.net
Partners: Columbia County Commissioners, Columbia County Emergency Management Agency, United Water Pennsylvania, Catawissa Water Authority, Fishing Creek Watershed Association
Focus:  The Partners will form a multi-county source water protection coalition of key stakeholders (public and private water suppliers, municipalities, agriculture, industry and others who value water resources) throughout Columbia and Montour counties that will promote long range strategies to urge protection and preservation of water resources for future generations. The Coalition will form a Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) and conduct a series of public education and outreach events at schools and community meetings using models and maps to describe source water protection areas and to encourage land use planning and resource management practices that result in reduction of water contamination threats. The team will develop educational materials including a brochure and website for public outreach. The Coalition will seek participation from all water suppliers in Columbia and Montour counties to develop source water protection plans.                                                              

Susquehanna Greenway Partnership/ SEDA COG Community Resource Center                       

Grant Amount:  $5,000                                                       

Project Title: Source Water Protection Education for Susquehanna Greenway River Towns

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

Contact: Trish Carothers  570-522-7259  Email: tcarothers@susquehannagreenway.org

Partners: Berwick Borough, SEDA-COG Community Resource Center, PA American Water, Salem Township

Focus: Project partners will form a Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) to conduct community source water protection public education workshops, develop a Source Water Protection Fact Sheet and promote redevelopment activities to reduce pollution risks where junkyards and railroad transportation corridors are located in close proximity to the public water supply source.  These risks have been identified in Berwick’s Source Water Assessment Summary. 

Roaring Creek Valley Conservation Assoc. (RCVCA), Grant Amount: $3,560     

Project Title: Community Rain Garden Model

Roaring Creek Rain Garden

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2010-2011

Area to be protected: Roaring Creek

Partners:  Franklin Township, Columbia County Conservation District, Southern Columbia Area School District.

Focus: The Roaring Creek Valley Conservation Association, along with partners and SCASD students will design and construct a functional, educational stormwater Best Management Practice demonstration project on local school grounds in the form of a rain garden. The goal is to control and treat run-off on school property and improve water quality in our watershed, while providing an educational model for the community.  A community day where the public can learn about the project is planned, as well as permanent signage for future self-guided tour opportunities, which will include information on the project and how rain gardens protect water resources.

Contact:  Kristen  Vitkaukas, 570-441-9004, vitkaus@yahoo.com

Friends of the Nescopeck, Luzerne, Schuylkill, Columbia Co, $4,312

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

Project Title:  Introducing the Nescopeck Creek Watershed:  It's Where You Live

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

Partners: Conyngham Borough, Conyngham Borough Planning Commission, Nescopeck State Park and Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)

Focus:  design and distribute an eight page black & white newspaper insert alerting residents of Nescopeck Creek Watershed the effects of their activities on the health of the watershed and what they can do to minimize negative impacts; the insert will also encourage residents to support efforts to minimize abandoned mine drainage, manage stormwater properly, and respond appropriately to development pressures.

Contact:  Tim Ference 570-788-4827, timfer@epix.net

 

Friends of the Nescopeck, Luzerne, Schuylkill and Columbia Counties, $3,100

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2003-2004
Project Title: Nescopeck/Little Nescopeck Watershed Awareness Project
Area(s) to be protected: Nescopeck Creek Watershed
Partner(s): Conyngham Borough, Conyngham Borough Planning Commission, and Hazleton Campus of Penn State University
Focus: create a multi-media education module about nonpoint source pollution prevention in the watershed and present to municipal officials, citizen and landowner groups, schools, and businesses in the watershed
Contact: Tim Ference, 570-788-4827, email: timf@intergrafix.com

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