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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.

Northampton County Conservation District, Grant Amount: $4,555

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project  Watershed Protection Project 2010-2011
Project Title: Wellhead and Source Water Protection Education Project

Area to be protected: Slateford, Jacoby, Martins, Allegheny creek watersheds

Partners:  Portland Borough Authority, Upper Mount Bethel Township EAC, Martins-Jacoby Watershed Association.

Focus: The partners will educate residents and local officials about how a local wellhead protection program can help minimize polluted runoff to protect public health and assure clean drinking water for the future.  The project will conduct a source water protection workshop for county and local municipal officials and staff, install storm drain markers and stencils, design and publish educational literature on groundwater protection needs and extraction demands, sponsor an open house and tour of a local water supplier’s well fields and facilities. The goal of the project is to open dialogue and build a foundation of community collaboration among the local water supplier, environmental advisory council, local watershed organization, and the county conservation district in order to encourage source water protection. Registration flyer, Press release.

Contact: Jim  Wilson, 610-746-1971, james-wilson@northamptoncd.org

Northampton County Conservation District,   $5,000

Fry's RunFunded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project  Watershed Protection Project 2009-10
Project Title:  Fry's Run Coldwater Conservation Plan Implementation Project
Area to be protected: Fry's Run Watershed

Partners: Fry’s Run Watershed Association, Williams Township Board of Supervisors, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Focus: promote awareness and build a community coalition of diverse stakeholders to implement Conservation Plan recommendations for water resource protection through a homeowner workshop, farm assessment meetings, review and report on Williams Township subdivision and land development ordinance provisions to ensure water resource protection, development of a website, newsletter, and brochure for Fry’s Run Watershed (brochure side 2) and design and production of a tabletop exhibit (panel 1, panel 3) for community events.

Contact:  Jim Wilson, Watershed Specialist/AgTechnician, Email: james-wilson@northamptoncd.org , 610-746-1971


Bushkill Stream Conservancy, Northampton Co, $5000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project  Watershed Protection Project 2007-2008
Project Title:  Bushkill Creek Streamscaper Pilot Project
Area to be protected: Bushkill Creek Watershed

Partners: Palmer Township, Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor, Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, Northampton County Conservation District, Trout Unlimited - Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Palmer Township Environmental Steering Committee and Easton High

Focus: hold workshops for homeowners in Palmer Township's Millrace neighborhood to raise awareness of the Township's existing protective measures and to teach residents the actions they can take to further reduce nonpoint source pollution in Bushkill Creek. 

Contact:  Sandra Merwarth 610-253-4467, shepherd21@rcn.com


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
: 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@northamptoncd.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

Keystone College. Northampton County, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title:  Educational Outreach for the Wellhead Protection Program
Area to be protected: Slateford Creek watershed
Portland Borough Authority and Willary Water Resource Center

Focus: purchase a groundwater model to demonstrate to students in the middle and secondary schools of the Bangor Area School District how to identify and protect their source water supply and to distribute brochures to residents of the Slateford Creek watershed designed to inform about measures citizens can take to prevent the pollution of their drinking water.

Contact: Robert Cook, Ph.D., 570-945-8411, robert.cook@keystone.edu

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
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


Bushkill Stream Conservancy, Northampton County,  $3,750

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Protection Project 2001

Project Title: Visitors Guide to the Bushkill Creek
Area(s) to be protected:
Bushkill Creek Watershed

Partner(s): Northampton Co Conservation District and Lafayette College
Focus: Produce a Visitors Guide which will inform tourists about the watershed and how to protect it. The coalition will also prepare a multi-media presentation with the same focus as the Visitors Guide.
Grant: $3,750
Contact: Gloria Parkhill, 610.759.1874, email: BARNEKAH@aol.com


Delaware River Greenway, Bucks and Northampton Co in PA, and Hunterdon, Mercer, and Warren Co in NJ
Project River Bright
Area(s) to be protected: Delaware River
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Protection Project 2001

Partner(s): Students United for Nature, Students Against Violating the Environment, Delaware Canal State Park, Honey Hollow Audubon Society, Hunterdon Co, NJ, Con. District, Bucks Co Parks Dept, Systech Environmental Corp, Dept. of Interior, and Garden State Underwater Recove
Focus: Coordinate a cleanup of the Delaware River and conduct an educational environmental festival on the same day.
Grant: $4,000
Contact: Carrie Brownholtz, 215.862.4385, email: cdreamer@voicenet.com

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