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Washington County

Washington County recognized as a Groundwater Guardian Community since 1995
Explanation of Groundwater Guardian Award

Community Profile: http://www.groundwater.org/active/community.asp?id125

Contact: Joan Jessen
Washington County Watershed Alliance
159 Canterbury Lane
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: (724) 941- 9370 Fax: 724-223-4682 (call first)
Email: joanjessen159@gmail.com

Riverside Center for Innovation, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Greene, Clarion, Butler, Fayette, Armstrong and Washington Co, $5,000

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

Project Title:  River Alert and Information Network (RAIN) Education and Outreach Program

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Allegheny, Youghiogheny, Monongahela and parts of the Ohio Rivers

Partners: River Alert and Information Network (RAIN) members and California University of Pennsylvania

Focus: educate and increase awareness of source water protection strategies via three major events (side 2) aimed at thirty-three drinking water suppliers in the Allegheny, Youghiogheny and Monongahela watersheds in eight southwest PA counties.

Read their Newsletter and Final Report.

Contact:  Emily Buka 412-322-3523 eb@riversidecenterforinnovation.com

Peters Creek Watershed Association, Allegheny and Washington counties, $4,600

Peters Creek Watershed SignFunded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2006- 2007
Project Title:  Peters Creek Watershed Non-point Source Pollution Awareness Project
Area to be protected: Peters Creek
Partners:  Jefferson Hills Borough; Washington County Conservation District; Jennifer Cramer, Teacher, West Jefferson Hills School District

Focus:  use written materials, interpretive signage, and web based educational programs to instill in the citizens of Peters Creek watershed an incentive to adopt behaviors and encourage local policies that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in Peters Creek.

Contact:  Tim Schumann, peterscreekwsa@verizon.net

Claysville Donegal Joint Municipal Authority. Washington County; $2,950

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2005-2006
Project Title: Claysville Donegal Source Water Protection Program
Area(s) to be protected: School Street Reservoir and Jack Clutter Dam
Partner(s): PA Rural Water Association and Washington Co. Conservation District

Focus: introduce source water protection education to area elementary students using a Talking About PA (TAP) Water Kit and coloring books and to produce and distribute brochures to residents served by the Authority.

Contact: Peggy Hickman, 724- 663-7770, email: cdjma@cobweb.net

 

Chartiers Creek Watershed Association. Washington County; $4,600

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: Toward a Healthy Chartiers Creek Watershed
Area(s) to be protected: Upper Chartiers Creek Watershed
Partner(s): Chartiers Creek Watershed Association, Washington County Watershed Alliance, Washington County Conservation District, LWV of Washington County & City of Washington
Focus: develop educational materials based on their River Conservation Plan:

Household Hazardous Waste brochure , Household Hazardous Waste checklist , Recharge brochure.
Contact: Joan Jessen, 724-941-9370, email: joanjessen159@gmail.com

 

Designated Watershed Protection Project

Area(s) to be protected: Cross Creek, Chartiers Creek, Raccoon Creek Watersheds

Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Education for Pollution Prevention Projects - 2000

Partners: Washington County Watershed Alliance, Cross Creek, Chartiers Creek, Raccoon Creek Watershed Associations, and Washington Co. Conservation District

Focus: In an effort to enhance their volunteer monitoring programs, the Alliance will purchase a dissecting microscope to improve macroinvertebrae identification. The Alliance will also print large display maps and smaller handout maps of the watersheds to enhance their educational and outreach programs.
Grant: $2,600
Contact: Joan Jessen, 724.941.9370,
email: joanjessen159@gmail.com

Pike Run Watershed Volunteer Citizen Monitoring Group-A University, Watershed Association, and Township Partnership

Area(s) to be protected: Pike Run Watershed

Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Education for Pollution Prevention Projects - 2000

Partners:
Pike Run Watershed Association, California University of Pennsylvania Dept. Earth Sciences, and West Pike Run Township

Focus:
The PRWA will establish a Volunteer Citizen Monitoring Group drawing individuals from local civic groups. California University personnel will the VCMG who will then encourage local decision-makers to support watershed protection policies.
Grant: $3,000
Contact: Robert Vargo, 724.938.5969,
email: vargo@cup.edu

Designated Watershed Protection Project
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Education for Pollution Prevention Projects - 1999

Focus:
The partners will produce a training video for volunteer stream monitors and develop a professional data management system. A quarterly news letter will publicize volunteer monitoring activities.

Partners:
Washington County Watershed Alliance, Peters Township Environmental Quality Board, League of Women Voters of Washington County, Raccoon Creek Watershed Association, Washington County Conservation District, Pike Run-Pigeon Creek - Maple Creek Watershed Association, Cross Creek Watershed Association, Penn State Cooperative Extension
Grant: $3,000
Contact: Joan Jessen, 724-941-9370, email: joanjessen159@gmail.com

Groundwater Coalition
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Ground Water and Wellhead Protection Grants- 1995 & 1996

The Groundwater Coalition has been working together for six years on groundwater education activities. The coalition includes the League of Women Voters, Penn State Cooperative Extension, the Conservation District, the Earth Day Coalition and F.O.R.E.(Friends of Our Resources and Environment).

The group has sponsored two Children's Groundwater Festivals, publishes a newsletter, Groundwater Focus, and sponsors a traveling exhibit, "What in the Well?," which is set up and demonstrated at various locations throughout the County. The exhibit includes a groundwater flow model and water testing demonstrations. A regional conference on water quality issues was held in Pittsburgh.

Contact: Sheila Burcin, sburcin@verizon.net

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