Pittsburgh, Pa. – May 18, 2020 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation recently awarded 24 grants, totaling $30,000, to 23 local environmental organizations in 12 counties across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as part of their 2020 Watershed Mini Grant Program.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Allegheny Aquatic Alliance
Allegheny CleanWays
Aultman Watershed Association for Restoring the Environment
Blacklick Creek Watershed Association
Centre County Senior Environmental Corps
Chalfant Run Watershed Association
Chartiers Creek Watershed Association
Clearfield Creek Watershed Association
Clinton County CleanScapes
Conemaugh Valley Conservancy
Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance
Creek Connections at Allegheny College
Crooked Creek Watershed Association
Emigh Run/Lakeside Watershed Association
Evergreen Conservancy
Genesee Headwaters Watershed Association
Kettle Creek Watershed Association
Little Sewickley Creek Watershed Association
Penn Hills Shade Tree Commission
Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Turtle Creek Watershed Association
Upper Allegheny Watershed Association
Washington County Watershed Alliance

Since 2005, WPC and the foundation have collaborated to help enhance water quality and watershed initiatives through this grant program, which has awarded $433,475 to nearly 130 organizations.

“WPC thanks the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation for its continued commitment to assisting small local watershed organizations in our region with monitoring and improving water quality in their communities,” said Jenifer Christman, vice president of watershed conservation for WPC.

The grant program provides assistance to the region’s watershed groups and awards cover program expenses in three areas: water quality monitoring, watershed restoration, and organizational promotion and outreach.

Don Houser, Dominion Energy’s state policy advisor, said the company is pleased to support local watershed groups dedicated to bettering local rivers and streams.

“It’s an absolute privilege to support these volunteer-based organizations as they complete meaningful conservation work in our communities. Over the past 15 years, Dominion Energy has been inspired by the commitment showcased by the mini-grant recipients and congratulate this year’s organizations,” he added.


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 Dominionenergy.com.

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 11 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 Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, now on the UNESCO World Heritage List, 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 more than 11,000 volunteers. The work of WPC is accomplished through the support of more than 9,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org or Fallingwater.org.

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