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Union County

Lower Penns Creek Watershed Association (LPCWA),   $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project,  Watershed Protection Project 2009-10

Project Title: New Berlin Rain Garden Project

Area to be protected: Penns Creek Watershed

Partners:  Snyder County Conservation District, Borough of New Berlin, Community Partnerships RC&D Council, Inc, USDA-NRCS, New Berlin Borough Council, New Berlin Rec. Assoc., New Berlin Mayor

Focus: promote watershed awareness among residents of New Berlin Borough about low cost, low impact options to reduce uncontrolled erosion and stormwater runoff from community ball field areas to the nearby Penns Creek, and offer an opportunity for the Lower Penns Creek Watershed Association to tackle its first on the ground demonstration project through installation of two showcase rain gardens using native plants and interpretive rain garden signage

Contact:  Jason Winey, Snyder Co CD Watershed Specialist, 570-837-3000, ext 112: jwiney@ptd.net

Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance, Union, Centre counties, $4,500

Buffalo Creek Watershed

Partners: Union County Conservation District, Union County Planning Commission, Buffalo Township

Focus: upgrade their website (www.buffalocreek.org), produce and distribute newsletters, hold public events for residents of the watershed, and encourage creek property owners to plant riparian buffers so that nonpoint source pollution in the Buffalo Creek from erosion, agriculture and stormwater runoff can be reduced.

Contact: Allan Grundstrom, (570) 524-0966, email: algrund@bucknell.edu

 

Union County Planning Commission
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Grants - 1997-1998

Coalition Partner: Union County Conservation District
Contact: Shawn McLaughlin, 717-522-1370
Grant: $ 3,000

Focus: To support a workshop and site visits with the intent of conveying educational information to farmers concerning the importance of water resource protection and how it fits into the framework of the recently passed nutrient management act. The project targeted both farms mandated under law to develop nutrient management plans and farms that could be voluntary participants.

Accomplishments: Identified and contacted all 23 "mandated" farms in the County; and identified over 300 farms that could be voluntary participants. Held workshop in October 1997 with over 60 attendees. Produced brochure on surface and groundwater issues and disseminated it to over 700 farm owners and operators.

Successes, Obstacles, and Unanticipated Outcomes: Producers expressed interest in the larger nutrient management issues, not just in the program topics focusing on legal aspects of the nutrient management act. PDA representatives suggested that this program should be replicated across the state. The groundwater flow model exhibit generated a lot of interest among the attendees.

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