The Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association (PCRWA) is one of four environmental conservation and education programs from throughout Western Pennsylvania that will share $20,000 from Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for innovation and effectiveness in making a positive impact on the Western Pennsylvania environment.
PCRWA is one of four programs honored as recipients of the 2015 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards. These awards are presented annually to local organizations that demonstrate leadership, effectiveness, and results in making an impact on the environment. All four were chosen by a group of independent judges of environmental experts and PEC staff in response to a call for entries earlier this year.
With these awards, each winner will designate a $5,000 cash prize to be used in support of a nonprofit environmental program of their choice.
The other winners are the Environmental Charter School – Pittsburgh (Allegheny County); McKean County Conservation District – Smethport (McKean County); and Sustainable Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh (Allegheny County).
The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards program is open 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.
The winners were honored at the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel downtown.
Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association
PCRWA was formed in 2000 to combat abandoned mine discharges (AMD) and other sources of environmental degradation, educate the community about these issues, promote environmental recreation, and ultimately restore a healthy aquatic community to waterways within and downstream of its watershed.
The Paint Creek Restoration Plan prioritized areas of needed improvement and provided recommendations and potential solutions that would heal the watershed. Stemming from this plan, PCRWA hosted an annual Watershed Awareness Day, sought to treat the Jandy discharge, and created and distributed watershed fact sheets.
PCRWA partnered with the Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team to install flow measuring devices and collect monthly water samples from the targeted discharges. They secured funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener grant program to design and construct three treatment systems for four AMD’s along Weaver Run.