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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
County Planning Commission
by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project
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.