WREN, the Water Resources Education Network, has announced its 2010 grants, and is inviting applications for watershed protection projects (no source water protection projects this year). Application forms can be found at http://wren.palwv.org/grants/local.html. Deadline is March 26th, 2010. Grants are available up to $5,000 for:
“…proposals for watershed education projects sponsored by community based partnerships that educate, build awareness, and promote water-sustaining public policies and/or behavior change. Projects should be designed to encourage individual or collective action that will protect and improve local water resources. Funding will be awarded for:
Watershed Protection projects which educate about how to protect, improve or remediate the watershed from the impacts of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. NPS pollution includes drainage or runoff from: abandoned coal mines, oil or gas wells; inadequate erosion control practices during development; improper agricultural and timber harvesting practices; failing on-lot septic systems or other waste disposal sites; and land use changes that affect runoff.”
The Water Resources Education Network (WREN) is a project of the Citizen Education Fund of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA-CEF). WREN is a nonpartisan informal collaboration among organizations and public officials working for the protection and management of Pennsylvania’s water resources, both surface and ground water, through grass-roots education and informed policy-making. WREN provides training and grants for local coalition building to promote community awareness and development of public policies necessary to protect Pennsylvania water resources. The WREN Program focuses on two initiatives: Watershed Education to prevent nonpoint source pollution, and Source Water Protection Promotion to raise awareness about the importance of protecting public drinking water sources. Since 1992, LWVPA-CEF has provided over $1.7 million in funding to over 265 community partnerships working to safeguard Pennsylvania water resources.