The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Dominion Foundation last week awarded $30,000 to watershed groups in 15 counties in the Commonwealth (including Armstrong) as part of their Watershed Mini Grant Program.
Awardees included the Crooked Creek Watershed Association of Ford City – which received $500 to support the production and distribution of its biannual newsletter.
The organization received its award at the 11th annual Watershed Mini Grant Awards Ceremony Workshop and Luncheon April 8 at Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort and Conference Center in Blairsville (Indiana County).
The grant program provides assistance to the region’s grassroots watershed groups. The awards cover program expenses in three areas: operating costs, watershed restoration and organizational promotion and outreach.
This year’s grants included one showcase project – awarded to Tubmill Trout Club Unlimited in Westmoreland County – for which a $5,000 grant was awarded for a larger restoration project that focuses on stream corridor and water quality improvement technologies.
Other regional grants were awarded to three groups in Westmoreland County – – the Jacobs Creek Watershed Association in Westmoreland County for their educational brochures project, the Monastery Run Improvement Project with monitoring equipment and Westmoreland Cleanways for the Fugitive Tire Round-Up Program – two groups in Indiana County – the Blacklick Creek Watershed Association to further organizational outreach and promotion and the Evergreen Conservancy for marketing and project implementation – and the Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance in Butler for the Thorn Creek Habitat Improvement Project Phase 5
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.