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WPC enewsletter

March 2011

WPC and Dominion Award Watershed Mini Grants

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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.

Recognizing the need for watershed improvement projects and a lack of accessible administrative funding, Dominion, in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, was able to offer the Watershed Mini Grants Program for a seventh year. This year, the program had over $30,000 to allocate to watershed groups in 26 counties in western Pennsylvania and 1 county in West Virginia.

Congratulations to the following watershed groups who have been awarded a Watershed mini grant.

  • 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.

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