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
Shenango River Watchers, Inc., Mercer County, $4,415
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Protection Project 2004-2005
Project title: Storm Drain Stenciling Project
Partners: City of Sharon, Mercer County Conservation District, Boy Scouts, Slippery Rock University, Thiel College and AARP
Area protected: Shenango River watershed
Focus: distribute door hangers, placemats and stencil storm drains in the City of Sharon to emphasize how citizens' actions can prevent nonpoint source pollution in the Shenango River watershed.
Contact: Jennifer Barborak, 724-342-5453, email@example.com
Buhl Community Water Company, Mercer County, $3,680
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2001
Project Title: Buhl Community Water Company Education Project
Area to be protected: Buhl Community Well and Aquifer
Partner(s): Leesburg Water Assn and Mercer Co Conservation
Focus: develop and distribute written educational materials;
purchase and install "Water Supply" signs.
Contact: Heather Snow, 724.748.9168, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buhl Community Water Company and Villages of Number Five Mine and London PA recognized as a Groundwater Guardian Community since 1995
Explanation of Groundwater Guardian Award
Community Profile : http://www.groundwater.org/active/community.asp?id196
Buhl Community Water Company
372 Old Ash Rd.
Mercer, PA 16137-4219 US
Trout Unlimited, Neshannock
Chapter, Lawrence and Mercer counties, $2,750
by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project
Source Pollution Prevention Grants - 1997-1998
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.