Blairsville, Pa. – April 20 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation recently awarded $30,000 to 23 environmental organizations in 13 counties across the Commonwealth as part of their 2018 Watershed Mini Grant Program.

Awardees included the following organizations, who received their awards at a reception in Blairsville, Pa. on April 18:

  • Allegheny Watershed Alliance
  • Chartiers Watershed Municipal Alliancehe
  • Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited
  • Clearfield County Senior Environment Corps
  • Clearfield Creek Watershed Association
  • Clinton County CleanScapes, Inc.
  • Conemaugh Valley Conservancy
  • Creek Connections at Allegheny College
  • Crooked Creek Watershed Association
  • Emigh Run\Lakeside Watershed Association
  • Evergreen Conservancy
  • First Fork of the Sinnemahoning Watershed Association
  • Friends of Keystone State Park
  • Ken Sink Chapter of Trout Unlimited
  • Mill Creek Coalition of Clarion and Jefferson Counties
  • Montour Run Watershed Association
  • Saw Mill Run Watershed Association
  • Sewickley Creek Watershed Association
  • South Fayette Conservation Group
  • Tubmill Trout Club Unlimited
  • Turtle Creek Watershed Association
  • Upper Allegheny Watershed Association
  • West Creek Recreational Trail Association

The grant program provides assistance to the region’s watershed groups. This year’s awards cover program expenses in three areas: water quality monitoring, watershed restoration, and organizational promotion and outreach. Since 2005, WPC and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation have collaborated to help enhance water quality and watershed initiatives through this grant program, which has awarded $373,475 to more than 120 organizations.

“The Mini Grant Program offers invaluable funding for smaller volunteer-based organizations and helps them to administer and complete a variety of different projects – like tree plantings and water monitoring – that are important to sustaining and enhancing local watersheds,” said Don Houser, Dominion Energy’s state policy advisor.


Photos from the awards ceremony are available courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:

About Dominion Energy:

Dominion Energy, headquartered in Richmond, is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion Energy. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality. For more information, visit the company’s website at

About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish 10 state parks, conserved more than a quarter million acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 132 community gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help of about 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,000 members. For more information, visit or

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