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Lawrence County

Lawrence County Conservation District,  Grant Amount:  $4,200  

Project Title: Stormwater BMP Education and Outreach in Lawrence County  

    NOTE: Lawrence County Project cancelled at Grantee's Request January, 2012     

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

Contact:  Amy McKinney, County Planning Dept. 724-656-2193  

Partners:  Lawrence County Planning Commission, Elwood City Borough, Westminster College, Western PA Conservancy, PA American Water

Focus: The partners will conduct two stormwater management workshops and conduct walking tours for municipal officials and engineers that highlight examples of stormwater best management practices.  Pre and post tests will help measure attendees’ level of understanding on the day of the events.  The partners will conduct follow-up surveys to determine to what extent municipalities have adopted innovative BMP stormwater practices by incorporating them into their management strategies.  

Lawrence County Conservation District, Grant Amount: $3,760

Project Title: Pharmaceutical Collection Program and Outreach

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

Area to be protected: Shenango, Slippery Rock, Mahoning and Beaver watersheds

Partners:  PA American Water, Lawrence County Recycling/Solid Waste Department, Borough of Ellwood Sewer Authority, Jameson Health System.

Focus:The partners sponsored a Pharmaceutical Collection event on November 6,2010 to collect and safely dispose of household unwanted medicines to prevent these contaminants from entering our wastewater, surface water and groundwater.  Through publicity and contact with retail pharmacies, doctor offices and personal care homes, the partnership plans to develop and distribute newsletters, flyers, newspaper articles, press releases, utility bill inserts, and fact sheets to educate about human impacts of these emerging contaminants, to highlight safe disposal methods, and to use the knowledge gained to guide future efforts for alternative disposal options.

Event flyer, Risks brochure, Collection postcard , postcard back, Pharmacy survey, event summary

The partners plan additional outreach efforts in the Spring of 2011 including:

Placemats for distribution at local restaurants - targeting the general public

11X14 color posters for distribution/posting at retail pharmacies

11X14 color posters for distribution/posting at veterinarian offices    

tri-fold brochures (replacing event info with NPS/watershed info) for distribution at doctor offices

Contact:  Megan  Gahring,724-652-4512, mgahring@lawrencecd.org

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

Project Title:  Big Run Cleanup and Placemat Contest

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

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

Volant Borough, Lawrence Co, $5000

Project Title: Volant Area Source Water Protection Education Program

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Water Protection Protection Project 2007-2008

Area to be Protected:  Neshannock watershed

Partners: PA Rural Water Association and Lawrence County Conservation District

Focus: educate citizens and students about how they can help protect the high quality groundwater and wells that provide the Borough's drinking water with demonstrations of the EnviroScape and Groundwater Simulator models in schools and at events such as the Volant Water Festival and by distributing to local restaurants quantities of the winning placemat from a design contest in the schools. 

Read their Final Report.

Contact:  Jeff Staul 724-662-4706 jhstaul@hotmail.com



Volant Borough, Lawrence County; $1,950

Project Title: Volant Borough Source Water Protection Program

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Water Protection Protection Project 2006-2007

Area to be Protected:  wellhead areas for Volant Borough

Partner:  PA Rural Water Association

Focus: implement part of their Wellhead Protection Program through a professionally designed display describing the local groundwater supply and the Neshannock Creek Watershed and how people can help protect water supplies in the area.  The display will be placed near public restrooms in a community park where tourist traffic is high.

Contact:  Jeff Staul, jhstaul@hotmail.com


Lawrence Conservation District, Lawrence County, $4,200

Project Title: On-lot Septic System Workshop

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Protection Project 2004-2005

Area to be Protected: North Fork Little Beaver Creek

Partner:  Enon Valley Borough

Focus: conduct a workshop for homeowners in the Borough about the causes of nonpoint source pollution in North Fork Little Beaver Creek, especially failing septic systems, and the need to properly manage on lot septic systems

.Contact: Megan Murphy, 724-652-4512, mmurphy@lawrenceconservationdistrict.org

PA Cleanways of Lawrence County, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2001

Project Title: Placemat Contest Project
Area(s) to be protected:
Lawrence Co Watersheds
Partner(: League of Women Voters of Lawrence Co and Lawrence Co Recycling/Solid Waste Dept
Focus: sponsor a placemat design contest for students and produce and distribute placements with winning design to county restaurants.
Contact: Jerry Zona, 724.654.6041, email: zona@ccia.com

Trout Unlimited, Neshannock Chapter, Lawrence and Mercer Counties, $2,750

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Grants - 1997-1998

Coalition Partners: Mercer County Conservation District, Commissioners of Lawrence and Mercer County
Contact: Jim LaLumia, 412-946-8658
Focus: To organize and present a workshop on the benefits and processes of comprehensive watershed planning for Coolspring and Neshannock Creek in Lawrence and Mercer Counties. Desired outcomes included a pool of people from which a comprehensive planning team could be drawn.
Accomplishments: Disseminated watershed brochure to advertise the group's efforts. Held workshop, including panel discussion topics, and watershed tour in March 1998. Over 100 attended the day's events, exceeding the project's goal of 60 attendees. Twenty-seven attendees agreed to join the group's watershed protection efforts.
Successes, Obstacles, and Unanticipated Outcomes: Executive Directors from both counties planning commissions became actively involved in planning and promoting the event. Unfortunately, the County Commissioners did not express similar interest, even though two Commissioners from one county participated in the planned event. Team heard from several landowners that were resistant to related watershed activities sponsored by one partner organization.


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