WEST CHESTER (June 28, 2019) – School programs that teach young people about the value of local watersheds and watershed protection will receive $8,600 in state grant funding, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.

“The protection and conservation of our water resources are crucial to our lives and our way of life,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Environmental Resource and Energy Committee, said. “These programs help prepare the next generation of Pennsylvanians to value and safeguard the clean and pristine waterways that are vital to our environment.”

The grants, which come through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Education Grant Program, are as follows:

  • The Green Valleys Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania will receive $2,700 for an after-school watershed awareness club for middle schools and $2,900 for a water works education program for fourth-graders.
  • The Stroud Water Research Center will receive $3,000 for the Brandywine Watershed educational day camp for fourth to sixth graders in the Coatesville Youth initiative.

The grants are part of $205,000 in total environmental education funding awarded to 45 projects addressing environmental justice, climate change, and water quality. Four projects with a broad or statewide reach received general grants of up to $25,000. Forty-one projects with a local focus received mini-grants of up to $3,000.

Schools, libraries, universities, nonprofits, conservation district offices, and environmental and community organizations are eligible to apply for funding.

The grant program prioritizes projects that:

  • Educate and empower disadvantaged communities to participate meaningfully in environmental and public health issues;
  • Educate the public on emissions reduction, energy conservation, renewable energy, and climate adaptation;
  • Educate local officials, business owners, homeowners, and the general public about reducing nonpoint source pollution, water quality monitoring, cold water habitats, and other aspects of water quality.

The grants are funded by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which sets aside 5 percent of the pollution fines and penalties collected annually for environmental education.