WPC Wins Environmental Award

Little Mahoning

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and Dominion recognized the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Watershed Conservation Program on May 27 with a 2009 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Council award for its work on Indiana County’s Little Mahoning Creek. This rich waterway contains an abundance of wildlife and is popular among trout anglers, but it faces threats such as erosion and sediment pollution.

In 2006, the Conservancy stepped in with a long-term conservation plan for the watershed that called upon community members and students to get involved – a challenge that they embraced.

PEC and Dominion said of the Conservancy’s Saving Little Mahoning Creek project, “WPC has engineered a comprehensive approach to conservation involving numerous stakeholders that addressed several imminent environmental issues and helped build a long-term commitment to conservation and stewardship throughout watershed communities.”

The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards program is open each year to individuals and organizations that demonstrate a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership and accomplishment, and make significant contributions toward improving Western Pennsylvania’s environment. Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council sponsor the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards each year to encourage the community to emulate the achievements of the winning entries, thereby promoting innovative environmental efforts and enhancing the quality of life in Western Pennsylvania.

All entries were reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel of judges and PEC staff on the basis of their relevance, evidence of their impact on the environment, their approach to solving an environmental problem, and the environmental benefit of their work.

The winners were honored at the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel downtown. Nick Pinizzotto, WPC’s senior director of watershed conservation and services, accepted the award on behalf of WPC.

Each winner received a $5,000 cash prize to be used in support of a nonprofit environmental program of their choice. Other organizations receiving awards were:

-Bartramiam Audubon Society Sanctuaries Program

-Northern Ambridge Redevelopment Project

-Stonycreek Conemaugh River Improvement Project – Johnstown

-TASOW, Inc. (The Awesome Spirit of Wildlife) – Slippery Rock