Asbury Woods Partnership, with a $300 WEPP Opportunity Grant, purchased 6 signs on township maintained
roads to pilot Walnut Creek
Awareness program. Signs direct to partnership website with information on NPS issues. Eric Hannes - email@example.com
Earth Force, Inc. dba Lake Erie - Allegheny Earth Force, Erie Co, $5,000
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2008-2009
Project Title: Kids Spreading Pride: McDannell Run Improvements
River, stream, watershed affected by this project: McDannell Run with the Lake Erie Watershed
Partners: City of Erie, Housing Authority of the City of Erie, Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association, Burton-Diehl Neighborhood Association and Erie Times Newspapers in Education.
Focus: engage the youth of the area to write watershed protection articles for several local publications, make presentations at at least five public venues, and inspiring and recruiting watershed residents to become active in the International Coastal Cleanup and the Great PA Cleanup, thereby taking a leadership role in raising awareness about the nonpoint source pollution impacting the McDannell Run watershed. Publish newspaper articles.
See their watershed poster, project poster, read their interim report
Read their Final Report.
Contact: Pat Lupo 814-835-8069, firstname.lastname@example.org
Warren County Conservation District, Crawford, Erie & Warren counties, $5000
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Source Water Protection Project 2007-2008
Project Title: Conservation Education News Spots
Area to be protected: Lake Erie and Ohio River watersheds
Partners: Crawford County Conservation District and Erie County Conservation District
Focus: prepare and air the "Green Tip of the Week" television commercial campaign to educate citizens in Warren, Crawford, and Erie counties about the steps they can take to protect and improve the watersheds they live in thereby protecting the sources of their drinking water.
Contact: Jean Gomory 814-563-3117 email@example.com
Erie County Conservation District, Erie County, 5,000
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2006-2007
Project Title: Outdoor Model Watershed Nonpoint Pollution Display
Area to be protected: Mill Creek watershed
Partners: Fourteen townships in Erie County
Focus: build an outdoor “micro-watershed” demonstrating all the major causes of nonpoint source pollution such as agricultural operations and failing septic systems and how citizens and officials can work together to prevent pollution from entering Mill Creek. Publish a brochure.
Contact: Brian Zeppenfeld, firstname.lastname@example.org
Union City Municipal Authority, Erie County; $4036
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2006-2007
Project Title: Union City French Creek Water Protection Program
Area(s) to be protected: French Creek, Laurel Run Watershed
Partner: The Gathering at French Creek
Focus: use educational tools such as TAPWater Kit and EnviroScape Model to educate attendees at The Gathering at French Creek about protecting the drinking water supplies in the French Creek and Laurel Run watersheds. The project will also host a children’s poster contest and design and distribute an educational brochure to residents.
Contact: Marsha Tomcho, email@example.com
French Creek Project (PA Environmental Council), Erie, Crawford, Mercer & Venango counties; $ 4,871
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2005-2006
Project Title: Meadville Stormwater Best Management Practices Educational Project
Area(s) to be protected: French Creek Watershed
Partner: City of Meadville
Focus: hold a
Better Stormwater Management Through Site Design” Workshop based on PA Dept of Environmental Protection’s Stormwater Manual. The workshop, aimed especially at municipal officials, will use a Stormwater BMP demonstration site developed by the partnership. Armed with resources to adequately review and critique proposed land development projects within the watershed, nonpoint source pollution from stormwater within the French Creek watershed can be reduced.
Contact: Mark Gorman, (814) 332-2946, firstname.lastname@example.org
Union City Municipal Authority. Erie County; $ 2525
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2005-2006
Project Title: Union City Source Water Protection Program
Areas to be protected: Bentley Run Reservoir, Bentley Creek, Laurel Run Reservoir
Partners: PA Rural Water Association, PA Environmental Council's French Creek Project
Focus: design brochures, purchase models and establish an on-going water quality monitoring program in the area schools to persuade students and parents to adopt behaviors that will prevent contamination of the community's water supply.
Contact: Marsha Tomcho, 814- 438-3721, email: email@example.com
Borough of North East. Erie County; $4,820
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title: Creation and Distribution of Laminated Educational Card
Area(s) to be protected: Baker Creek Watershed
Partners: Township of Northeast, Northeast Area Chamber of Commerce, Baker Creek Watershed Association and Northeast News-Journal
Focus: produce and distribute laminated "Healthy Stream" cards designed to educate citizens of the Baker Creek Watershed about proper disposal of materials which contribute to nonpoint source pollution.
Contact: Diana Hatfield, 814-725-4262, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Erie-Allegheny Earth Force, Erie County, $4,000
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF
WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2003-2004
Project Title: Making the News-Project Clean Sweep
Area(s) to be protected: Lake Erie Watershed
Partner(s): City of Erie, Erie Times News, Jr. Pennsylvania Lake Erie
Watershed Association, PA Lake Erie Watershed Association, and Erie Department
Focus: create and distribute newspaper insert about nonpoint source pollution
issues using information collected from watershed assessments and the
implementation of action plans devised by students. Read the Final Report.
Contact: Pat Lupo, OSB, 814-899-2572, email: email@example.com
Water Department, Erie County, $4,060
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF
WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2003-2004
Title: Washington Township Wellhead Protection Program
Area(s) to be protected: Edinboro Lake northern tributaries
Partner(s): PA Rural Water Association and General McLane School District
Focus: post Water Supply Area signs, conduct treatment plant tours,
and implement a school groundwater education program that will address
source water protection
Contact: David Anthony, 814-734-3117, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glinodo Earth Force, Erie County; $5,000
Project Title: Glinodo Earth Force Green Project
Area(s) to be protected: Lake Erie
Partner(s): Gannon University, PA Sea Grant, PA Resources
Council, Conservation Consultants, Inc, Mercyhurst College, SONS of
Lake Erie, PA DEP
Focus: Recruit and train at least fifteen local educators who
will work with students to initiate water resources protection projects
in their watershed with a focus on youth decision-making, civic action,
watershed focus and community problem-solving. At the end of their
projects, students will participate in the Earth Force Youth Summit
designed to reinforce civic engagement.
Contact: Pat Lupo, 814.899.2572, email: email@example.com
Project PAH, Erie County
by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project
Source Pollution Prevention Grants - 1997-1998
Coalition Partners: Strong Vincent High School, Erie, PA
Dept. of Environmental Protection, Erie County Dept. of Health, Erie
County Dept. of Planning
Contact: James Rutkowski, 814-871-6537 Grant: $ 2,700
Focus: To support a study by high school students of Polycyclic
Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Cascade Creek. The students' goal
was to work with the Erie County Health department to evaluate possible
sources and to develop a plan that may limit future introduction of
PAHs into the creek.
Accomplishments: The project submitted a formal report to
DEP and appropriate agencies with recommendations for reducing the
introduction of pollutant into the waterway. Key points from the study
- Sediment and water samples were collected by students for the
study, and by DEP and County Health Department staff for validation.
- Results of students' tests were validated by DEP/Health Department
- Two sources of PAHs were identified as a result of this study.
Dissemination of results from the project included:
- Adding information about PAHs to the Non-Point Pollution Learning
Guide that is part of the Coastal Zone Management Grant.
- Student gave presentations and exhibited displays for: - The Great
Lakes International Joint Commission - The Children's ExpERIEnce
Museum - 1998 Earth Day Student Summit at the Erie Civic Center
- Regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences.
- Increased community and agency interest near project's end indicates
potential for follow up activities to develop remediation plan.
Successes, Obstacles, and Unanticipated Outcomes: The accuracy
of the students' test results and their involvement and follow through
in various aspects of the project were greater than anticipated. The
confidence shown by local officials by their request to the project
to file a formal report.
Obstacles included- Delays caused by the need to rent some equipment
resulted in having to rush the testing period, which may have decreased
the study's accuracy. Involving large numbers of students led to some
test results being discarded. Involving community members and appropriate
agencies in developing a remediation plan has been slower to implement.
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