E-News   September 2009 
A monthly Update from the Water Resources Education Network
a project of the League of Women Voters of PA - Citizen Education Fund 
In this issue
September Feature is Posted
Outreach Tools from WREN Projects
Fall Water Events
Coldwater Heritage Grants
CBF Challenges Drilling Permit
Popular Pubs Reprinted
September WREN Feature -  USGS Report: Mercury in Fish, Bed Sediments, and Water from Streams Across the United States, 1998-2005.
Scientists detected mercury contamination in every fish sampled in 291 streams across the country, says this just released report.
Tools from WREN 2008-09 Projects are posted

Looking for some great examples of ways to reach people in your community about water resources?  Check out the outreach tools developed this past year with WREN funding..... 
Some highlights:
Reading Area Community College's campaign "Get Your Fill" to promote refillable water bottles using "Clean,Safe, Economical, Tastes Great"  Reading Area drinking water.
Also in Berks County, Reading Area Water Authority installed drinking water supply signs.
And Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy developed a campaign for homeowner associations on maintaining stormwater basins.
McKean County's Pharmaceutical Collection program was a great success and demonstrated the importance of partnerships;
Nether Providence Township installed two demonstration rain gardens;
Warrington Township EAC naturalized an existing detention basin.
Greater Johnstown Water Authority developed an original water "jeopardy" game.

 Fall Water Calendar Events
Check out these important events this Fall:
Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference: Planting Seeds for a Green Future , Allentown, PA - Oct 9,
Villanova Stormwater Symposium - 2009 PA Stormwater Management Symposium - Bailing out Stormwater - October 14-15
Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA - Oct 19-20
For more, visit WREN's Water Calendar
Coldwater Conservation Grants Available

The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) has announced the opening of the Coldwater Conservation Grants Program to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania's coldwater ecosystems. Applications will be accepted through December 18, 2009.
Visit www.coldwaterheritage.org for more information.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Challenges Permits for Gas Drilling

When the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection (DEP) took over review of erosion, sediment, and stormwater control plans for natural gas drilling sites,many groups expressed concern.  Now the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is challenging two permits in Tioga County contending violations of both Commonwealth and federal laws. Not only did DEP strip review authority from local County Conservation Districts in April, but it instituted an expedited stormwater permitting process that does not allow for public participation or meaningful agency review of permit applications.
Read the press release from CBF.
Popular Pubs Reprinted
WREN has reprinted Groundwater: A Primer for Pennsylvanians and Taking Care of Stormwater; A Bayscapes Guide
The Groundwater Primer can be ordered from the WREN Resource Center
Taking Care of Stormwater can be ordered from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Quick Links...
 WREN Local Projects by County
WREN's Water Calendar 

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