WREN - Water Resources Network links.html Resources/Grants Local Projects calendar.html Monthly Feature About Wren Home
Local Projects

Back to:
List of Counties



Drop
Drop Drop

Contribute a photo to our site.

 

 

Lehigh County

Lehigh & Northampton Counties (NE): Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley, Grant Amount: $4,650

Project Title: Master Watershed Steward Program
Contact: Erin Frederick, 610-391-9840
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Education to prevent Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollution 2013-2014
Email: elf145@psu.edu
Partners:  Penn State Extension, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Northampton County Conservation District, Appalachian Mountain Club, Wildlands Conservancy, Upper Saucon Township Water Authority, Bushkill Township, Nurture Nature Center.
Focus: The partners will collaborate on the Master Watershed Steward Program (MWSP) in Lehigh and Northampton counties, which is being piloted during 2013. The Program will provide volunteers with the knowledge and confidence to address critical watershed stewardship concerns at a time of tightening government budgets and constrained resources. Modeled after the highly successful Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program, the MWSP pilot will work to create a model that can be expanded throughout the Commonwealth.

Lehigh County (NE): City of Allentown, Grant Amount: $7,000

Project Title: Road Signs for Improving Source Water Protection
Contact: Diane Lewis, Bureau of Water Resources, City of Allentown, 610-437-7682
Funding Source: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Source Water Protection Education (SWP) 2012-2013
Email: Diane.Lewis@allentownpa.gov
Partners: Lehigh County Authority (LCA)
Focus: The City of Allentown and LCA 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. The goal is to encourage action to protect drinking water supply areas in the Lehigh Valley from potential contaminants, such as spills on transportation corridors, agricultural, urban runoff and other risks identified in the Source Water Protection Plans. The coalition will create a Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) that will conduct a series of public education and outreach events. A variety of community outreach events are planned that will feature 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. Partners will purchase and install source water protection spill notification signs along key roadways, including the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

City of Allentown,   $5,000

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

Project Title:  Allentown Streambank Restoration & Riparian Buffer Education and Mobilization Project

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Little Lehigh, Jordan, Trout and Cedar Creeks

Partners: City of Allentown Bureau of Water Resources, Lehigh County Conservation District, Wildlands Conservancy, Allentown Shade Tree Commission, Allentown Environmental Advisory Council, Friends of Allentown Parks

Focus: educational forums, technical trainings, field reviews, and a video that will educate and mobilize important stakeholders to reduce impacts of polluted stormwater runoff in streamside public park lands and the Little Lehigh River watershed, which serves as the source of drinking water for the City of Allentown.

Read Wildlands Conservancy Your View column on the project.

Recommendations for No Mow Zones.

Map of No Mow zones.

Map of Cedar Park riparian buffer.

Sign for riparian buffer area.

Contact:  Greg A. Weitzel, Dir. Dept of Parks & Rec.  weitzel@allentowncity.org . 610-437-7750

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, Montgomery, Bucks, Berks and Lehigh Co, $5,000

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

Project Title:  Stormwater Outreach to Homeowner's Associations

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Perkiomen Creek

Partners: Limerick and Lower Providence Townships

Focus: to educate Homeowner Associations in Limerick Township about the benefits of propely maintaining stormwater management facilities and develop a set of recommendations that can be distributed to and used by a municipality to encourage or compel associations to properly maintain stormwater basins, thereby improving water quality, adding critical habitat and saving the Homeowner Associations money.

Contact:  Crystal Gilchrist 610-287-9383 cgilchrist@perkiomenwatershed.org

 

Northampton County Conservation District, Northampton and Lehigh counties, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project  Watershed Protection Project 2006-2007
Project Title:  Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference
Area to be protected: Delaware River Watershed
Partners: Lehigh University, Lehigh County Conservation District, Wildlands Conservancy, Upper Saucon Township, Saucon Creek Watershed Committee

Focus:   coordinate and conduct the 2006 Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference, a forum for individuals, watershed protection organizations and municipal officials that will equip participants with resources and tools to address nonpoint source pollution in the watersheds of the Lehigh Valley.

View / download the conference brochure.

Contact:  Kate Brandes,     kate-brandes@pa.nacdnet.org 

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

Funded 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

Lehigh County Conservation District, Lehigh County; $ 5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project Watershed Protection Project 2005-2006
Project Title:  Municipal Education Toolbox
Area to be protected:  Leibert Creek, Hosensack Creek, etc
Partners:  Wildlands Conservancy,  Upper Milford Township, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Lehigh County Agricultural Land Preservation Board, Upper Milford/Emmaus Borough Joint EAC

Focus: organize the many recommendations from completed watershed assessments, community audits, comprehensive plans, and ordinance reviews into a format for use by decision makers in efforts to create public policies that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Leibert Creek Watershed. Prepare a Municipal Toolbox.

Contact: Rebecca Hayden, (610) 391-9583, rhayden@lehighconservation.org

 

East Greenville Borough Water Authority, Montgomery, Lehigh, Berks counties; $ 4,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2005-2006
Project Title:  EGBWA Watershed/Wellhead Protection Education and Outreach
Area to be protected: Upper Perkiomen Creek of the Upper Perkiomen Watershed
Partners:  PA Rural Water Association, Upper Perkiomen School District and Upper Hanover Township Authority
Focus: introduce source water protection education to area elementary students using a Talking About PA (TAP) Water Kit, curriculum guides and a poster contest. The partnership will also produce a display board and brochure highlighting the authority's existing SWP efforts and ways the community can get involved with future efforts.

Contact: Jim Fry, 215- 679-5194,email: egb@netcarrier.com

 

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Lehigh counties; $ 5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2005-2006
Project Title:  Source Water Protection Education and Volunteer Action Program
Area to be protected: Perkiomen Creek
Partners: Natural Lands Trust, Philadelphia Water Authority, Aqua PA, Delaware Valley Earth Force, Montgomery County Conservation District, Lower Salford Township, Upper Perkiomen Trout Unlimited

Focus: hold Source Water Protection workshops emphasizing the source of local water supplies, challenges of maintaining a high quality supply, and the ways contaminants can be prevented from entering the water supply. Workshops will demonstrate ways citizens can protect their drinking water sources.

Contact: Crystal Gilchrist, (610) 287-9383,  email: cgilchrist@perkiomenwatershed.org

 

Lehigh Valley Water Suppliers, Lehigh, and Northampton counties; $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title:  Hydromania 2005 Extension Project
Area to be protected: Lehigh and Northampton counties drinking water sources
Partners:  Whitehall Twp. Authority, Lehigh Valley Authority, Northampton Borough Municipal Authority, Lower Saucon Authority, Easton Suburban Water Authority, Hellertown Borough Authority, Cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton,  Boroughs of  Catasauqua, Emmaus, Macungie, and Alburtis, Townships of Salisbury, South Whitehall, Upper Saucon

Focus: expand the successful "Hydromania" water festival to include participation of more school districts as well as higher level students to educate about the importance of source water protection in the Lehigh River Basin.

Contact: Liesel Smull, 610-398-2503, lieseladam@lehighcountyauthority.org

 

RSVP of Lehigh, Northampton & Carbon Counties, Lehigh and Northampton counties; $4,989

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title:  Greater Lehigh Source Water Protection Project of RSVP
Area to be protected: Lehigh and Northampton counties drinking water sources
Partners: Lehigh Valley Water Suppliers, Lehigh County Authority, Northampton County Conservation District, PRWA, City of Allentown Bureau of Water Resources, City of Bethlehem Department of Water/Sewer Resources, Lehigh County Conservation District

Focus: continue its source water protection mentoring program aimed at students and adults of Lehigh and Northampton counties using groundwater simulators, TAPWater kits, and water testing kits.

Contact: Diane Schrameyer, 610-391-8211, rsvp@diakon.org

 

Berks County Conservation District, Berks, Lehigh, Schuylkill counties; $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title: Blue  Mountain Watershed Summit and Berks Co. Innovative Stormwater Management Workshop
Areas to be protected: watersheds in Berks, Lehigh and Schuylkill counties
Partners: Spotts, Stevens and McCoy, Inc., National Audubon Society PA, Philadelphia Water Department, Albany Township, Bedminister Township, Schuylkill and Lehigh County Conservation Districts, Berks County Planning Commission, Berks County MS4 Steering Committee, Center for Community Leadership of Berks County, City of Reading, Muhlenberg and Lower Alsace townships, Wyomissing and Wernersville boroughs.
Focus: design and conduct two workshops: 1) a watershed forum to educate stakeholders about nonpoint source pollution issues, and 2) Innovative Stormwater Management Workshop aimed at engineers and municipal officials responsible for stormwater management in Berks County.
Contact:  Ryan Zerbe, 610-372-4657x208, email: rzerbe@countyofberks.com

 

Wildlands Conservancy, Lehigh County, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: Watershed-Nonpoint Source Pollution Education Project
Area(s) to be protected: the Little Lehigh Creek Watershed
Partner(s): Wildlands Conservancy & City of Allentown Water Resources
Focus: implement educational recommendations of the City of Allentown's Source Water Assessment Program
Contact: Maureen Ruhe, 610-965-4397, email: mruhe@wildlandspa.org

Safe Drinking Water and Alternative On-Site Wastewater Technology, Bucks, Berks, Lehigh and Montgomery counties, $2,350
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Protection Project 1999

Focus: Failing on-site systems threaten drinking water safety in the Perkiomen watershed. The partners will conduct two workshops on how failing systems impact water supply and technologies available for correcting problems. Involved Bucks, Berks, Lehigh and Montgomery Counties.

Partners: The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, The Philadelphia Suburban Water Company

Contact: Alexandra Curran, 610-287-9383

Wellhead Protection Seminar
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Ground Water and Wellhead Protection Grants- 1995 & 1996

The Lehigh/Northampton Joint Planning Commission, the Wildlands Conservancy, the Monocacy Creek Watershed Association, the Lehigh Valley Water Suppliers and the League of Women Voters sponsored a wellhead protection seminar for public officials and citizens. The seminar was one of a number of events held during Water Awareness Week to increase understanding of the importance of water resource protection. Contact: Geoffrey Reese, Lehigh/Northampton Joint Planning Commission, 610-265-4544.

return to top

Sign up for Water Policy News and WREN E-News
Learn more
Email:
 

Home | About WREN | Features | Q&A | Grants
Calendar | Local Projects | Resources/Library | Links

Need to contact us or want to share your feedback?
Send an e-mail to: info@palwv.org

Copyright © 1997-2011 - League of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund

You can also visit the Source Water PA site and the
League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania site