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Somerset County

Shade Creek Watershed Association,   Grant Amount:  $1,475

Project Title: Reitz #1 Interpretive Trail of Mine Discharge Water and Wetlands  

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

Contact:  Larry Hutchinson, 814-444-2996 Email:  shadecreekwa@yahoo.com

Partners:  Natural Biodiversity, The Community Action Partnership for Somerset County, Central City Borough

Focus: The partners will build an interpretive trail equipped with five kiosks housing informative signs and pamphlets designed to educate visitors about stream ecosystems, wetlands, and acid mine remediation activities. 

Somerset Conservation District, Grant Amount: $1,000Project cancelled by Grantee in December, 2010

Project Title:  Somerset Watershed Summit

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

Area to be protected: Stoneycreek and Casselman rivers, Laurel Hill and Wills creeks.

Partners:  DCNR Laurel Hill State Park Complex, US Geological Survey, Somerset Borough.

Focus: The Somerset Watershed Summit brings together local, state and federal agencies, elected officials, conservation groups, the business community and residents interested in learning more about the watersheds of Somerset County and provides a forum for discussion of solutions.  One watershed each year is selected to host the Summit and this year, Laurel Hill Creek was selected in order to link elected officials working to develop a new land use plan with the updated Somerset County Comprehensive Plan.

Contact: Sue Moon, Assistant Director, 814-445-8652, ext 5, somersetcd@wpia.net

Municipal Authority of Boswell Borough, Somerset Co, $5,000

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

Project Title:  Wellhead Protection Plan

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Stonycreek River

Partners: Jenner Township

Focus: devise a strategy and train emergency personnel to effectively respond to incidents in the wellhead protection area, post water supply area traffic signs at the boundaries of the wellhead protection area and design and distribute an educational brochure, placemats, "toolboxes", and fact sheets about the Boswell Wellhead protection plan and what residents of the Stoneycreek River watershed can do to protect their water supply.

Read their Final Report.

Contact:  Joseph DeBlase 814-629-6107 tazza@floodcity.net

Greater Johnstown Water Authority, Cambria and Somerset Counties. $5,000

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

Project Title:  Water Stewardship Through Education

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Northfork, Dalton and Saltlick Watersheds

Partners: Cambria County Water Partnership Steering Committee

Focus: to continue practicing good stewardship of its drinking water sources located throughout the Northfork, Dalton, and Saltlick watersheds, with programming (original water jeopardy game) for elementary and middle school students about the actions they can take to protect their drinking water. 

Read their Final Report.

Contact:  Elizabeth Rhoades, 814-533-4300, erhoades@rdm-gjwa.com

Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team, Cambria and Somerset counties, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2006-2007
Project Title: Water Monitoring and Education in the Paint Creek Watershed
Area to be protected:  Paint Creek Watershed
Partners: Windber Borough, Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin Alliance, Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association

Focus:  implement portions of the Paint Creek Restoration Plan by using the monitoring data collected by the Water Monitoring Committee in initiatives to educate citizens in the community about abandoned mine drainage and how data can be used to prioritize and evaluate Paint Creek watershed cleanup projects. Produce Fact Sheets.

Contact:  Melissa Reckner, mreckner@kcstreamteam.org

Bedford Borough Water Authority, $ 1,200

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2006-2007
Project Title: Rayston Branch Protection Plan Implementation
Area to be protected:  Raystown Branch of the Juniata River
Partners:  Shawnee State Park, Juniata Clean Water Partnership, Bedford County Conservation District

Focus:  implement parts of their Source Water Protection Plan through installation of 6 Water Supply Area signs and distribution of Source Water Protection brochures to residents of the Raystown Branch Juniata River Watershed.

Contact: John Montgomery, jlm1975@earthlink.net

Somerset County Area Agency on Aging-Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Somerset County, $4,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2003-2004
Project Title: Somerset County Source Water Protection Education Project
Partner(s): PA Rural Water Association, Seven Springs Water & Sewer Authority, Windber Area Authority, Somerset Area Schools, Berlin Brothers Valley School District, Meyersdale Area Schools, and Somerset Borough Municipal Water Authority
Focus: purchase Groundwater Simulators, water testing kits, and source water protection related educational materials to continue education efforts
Contact: Sue Gibbs, 814-443-2681, email: suekgibbs@mail.com

Conemaugh Valley Conservancy / Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: Community Outreach Placemat Project
Area(s) to be protected: Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin
Partner(s): Conemaugh Valley Conservancy/Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team & Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin Alliance
Focus: develop a community outreach project based on restaurant placemats
Counties served: Armstrong, Somerset, Westmoreland, Indiana, Cambria County
Grant: $5,000
Contact: Tom Grote, 814-467-0836, email: tfgrote@floodcity.net

Juniata College on behalf of the Juniata Clean Water Partnership

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: Development of the Juniata Watershed Resource Center
Area(s) to be protected: Juniata River Watershed
Partner(s): Allegheny Ridge Corp, Bedford, Fulton, Juniata, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Perry and Blair Co Conservation Districts, Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin Co Planning Offices, Canaan Valley Institute, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Juniata College, Mid-State and Southern Alleghenies Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Penn State Coop Extention (Mifflin/Juniata), Southern Alleghenies Conservancy, Tri-County Regional Planning Corp, Westsylvania Heritage Corp, & Western PA Watershed Protection Program
Focus: develop a Water Resource Center at Juniata College
Counties served: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Fulton, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry Snyder, Somerset
Grant: $2,000
Contact: Stephanie Odenwald, 814-627-5391, email: sodenwald@jcwp.org

Cambria County and Somerset County
Conemaugh Water and River Conservation and Management Plan

Area(s) to be protected: Stonycreek, Little Conemaugh, and Conemaugh Rivers, Greater Johnstown Area, Cambria and Somerset Counties

Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Water Protection Projects - 2000

Southern Alleghenies Conservancy, Southern Alleghenies Resource Conservation and Development Council, Stonycreek and Conemaugh River Improvement Project, and the Kiski-Conemaugh River Alliance

The SAC will develop a one-hour slide based program that will explain the problems and the opportunities relative to water quality and supply and recreation that are outlined in the Conemaugh Water and River Conservation and Management Plan Concept Paper.

Grant: $3,000

Contact: Len Lichvar, 814.623.7900 Ext. 5,
email: sac@nb.net

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