In honor of Earth Day, Montgomery County Conservation District staff got their hands dirty picking up litter and debris in a preserved property along a tributary to Skippack Creek. The event was part of Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy’s annual Stream Cleanup, a 700+ volunteer event which seeks to clean streams and raise awareness of litter in our waterways.
During the cleanup, district staff located an old dump site and removed items from along the road, such as tires, car parts, road signs, electric cable, and hundreds of glass bottles and aluminum cans. They also found a discarded jar of gasoline and piles of improperly dumped yard waste. These finds indicate that litter and illegal dumping continue to be a huge hurdle for our waterways. Not only is trash- especially hazardous waste- harmful to wildlife and the quality of our drinking water supplies, dumping yard waste can spread exotic weed seeds that can invade natural areas and destroy ecosystems.
Check out the County’s website for proper recycling and disposal methods and for tire and household hazardous waste collection events.
Events like PWC’s Stream Cleanup are crucial to connecting people to our water resources and educating residents on responsible disposal practices. In total, volunteers from the event removed three full dumpsters worth of trash, several tons of scrap metal, and more than 100 tires from the watershed.
HERSHEY, Pa. (April 16, 2015) – Pennsylvania American Water announced today that seven watershed initiatives across the state have earned financial support through the company’s 2015 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling nearly $35,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.
A panel of judges selected the grant recipients from nearly 40 applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability.
Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2015 Environmental Grants to: Habitat for Humanity (Washington County), Keystone College (Lackawanna County), Montgomery County Conservation District (Montgomery County), Economic Development South (Allegheny County), Columbia County Conservation District (Columbia County), Brandywine Valley Association (Chester County), and Dunmore Historical Society (Lackawanna County).
“Once again, we are inspired by the organizations’ commitment to environmental stewardship and how the winning projects generate enthusiasm and volunteerism in our communities,” said Kathy L. Pape, president, Pennsylvania American Water. She noted that the Environmental Grant Program is in its 11th year supporting local watershed improvement projects across the Commonwealth.
Montgomery County Conservation District was awarded $3,105 and will use the funding to develop permanent displays on watershed stewardship and water quality at Norristown Farm Park. The displays will be open to the public and integrated into the county’s educational programs at the park.
Pennsylvania American Water is a subsidiary of American Water, which initiated the Environmental Grant Program in 2005 in Pennsylvania to support projects that protect or restore drinking water sources and surrounding watersheds. Since then, American Water has expanded the annual program to many of its state subsidiaries across the nation. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.
Join the Upper Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council and the partners of the Schuylkill Action Network to clean up King of Prussia streams on Saturday, May 2, from 10am to 12pm, with a pizza party to follow. Everyone ages 12 and up can volunteer. All supplies for volunteers will be provided by Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., and through the Great American Cleanup of PA, sponsored by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Dumpster services have been enthusiastically donated by Advanced Disposal in support of this effort.
The KOP Cleanup is a part of the Schuylkill Scrub, a cleanup initiative running from March 1 to May 31 throughout the entire Schuylkill watershed. Last year, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful logged over 52,000 volunteers in the five counties surrounding the Schuylkill River. Together, they removed more than 1,300 tons of trash that would have otherwise washed into the Schuylkill River, later flowing into the Delaware River and Atlantic Ocean.
Sign up to volunteer for the KOP Cleanup!
For more information, contact Krista Scheirer, Watershed Specialist, at 610-489-4506 x15.
26 County Conservation Districts Received Funding to Promote Water Pollution Prevention Strategies across Pennsylvania
Montgomery County Conservation District received $2000 to install a demonstration rain garden on Perkiomen Township property and then host a rain garden tour and pollution prevention workshop.
With this grant money, the district will have the opportunity to educate local residents on how they can make a difference in their own community to ensure enough clean water for future generations.
The district and Perkiomen Township will work with students from nearby Perkiomen Valley High School to create the design for the garden, which will also be used as an outdoor classroom. The district expects this design to be finalized in the fall, with the garden to be built in early spring of next year. All residents will be invited to attend the rain garden tour and pollution prevention workshop next April.
Thirty water protection projects will be funded in 26 of the state’s counties. Other projects include agricultural field days, rain barrel workshops, stormwater tours and more. For a complete listing of awarded projects, visit http://goo.gl/xw3RBm.
Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information about PACD, visit www.pacd.org.
The Ag E&S Plan-Writing Workshop, which was scheduled for Monday, March 16, has been canceled.
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Please contact our Ag Conservation Specialist, Jessica Moldofsky, with any questions: 610-489-4506 x14 or firstname.lastname@example.org.