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Western PA Conservancy And Dominion Award Watershed Mini Grants

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Dominion recently awarded over $30,000 to watershed groups in 26 counties in western Pennsylvania and 1 county in West Virginia as part of their Watershed Mini Grants Program.

            Throughout the country, watershed groups are playing an increasingly prominent role in environmental management. With their local focus and community base, watershed groups are building consensus and expanding participation within communities across Pennsylvania. 
            It is not uncommon for organizations to operate on an annual unrestricted budget of less than $5,000, while at the same time implementing $100,000 projects that directly benefit communities and the environment.
            Currently, much of the unrestricted funding available to watershed associations is derived from membership dues and small fundraising events. Unfortunately, this funding seldom covers all remaining costs for the state or federal grant-funded projects they are working to complete.     
            Additionally, many grant programs permit only a small percentage of their funding to address administrative costs.
            The watershed groups awarded a Watershed mini grant include:
Aultman Watershed Association for Restoring the Environment (AWARE)
Blackleggs Watershed Association Incorporated
Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation
Bucktail Watershed Association
Casselman River Watershed Association
Chartiers Creek Watershed Association
Chest Creek Watershed Alliance
Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Clearfield Creek Watershed Association
Cornplanter Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Cowanshannock Creek Watershed Association
Crooked Creek Watershed Association
Elk County Freshwater Association
Evergreen Conservancy
First Fork Sinnemahoning Watershed Association
Friends of the Cheat
Genesee Headwaters Watershed Association
Jacobs Creek Watershed Association
Juniata County Conservation District
Ken Sink Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Kettle Creek Watershed Association
Montour Run Watershed Association
Sewickley Creek Watershed Association
Shoups Run Watershed Association
Trout Unlimited Eastern Abandoned Mine Program
Upper Allegheny Watershed Association
Upper Mon River Association
Washington County Watershed Alliance
Wells Creek Watershed Association
            Financial support for this project is provided by the Dominion Foundation which is dedicated to the economic, physical and social health of the communities served by Dominion companies.
            This grant program was administered by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in its commitment to protecting and restoring exceptional places to provide our region with clean waters and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas for the benefit of present and future generations.

3/7/2011

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