Spotlight on River of the Year Nominee: The Schuylkill River

Schuylkill WordPressThroughout this year’s contest, we have been following stories on our nominees, this is one, from The Mercury News, about the Schuylkill River, which is currently in first place:

“Your Vote Can Make The Schuylkill ‘Pa’s River of the Year'”

If you know of other news stories on the contest or nominees please send them our way!

2011 DEP Environmental Education grants announcement

Applications for the 2011 Environmental Education Grants Program now are available from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The grants provide funding to schools, universities, intermediate units, environmental education centers, county conservation districts, incorporated nonprofit organizations and associations and businesses to create or develop projects that support environmental education in the Commonwealth. Grants will provide environmental education on timely and critically important topics, including the following:

  • Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies including solar, wind, hydro, microhydro, biomass, geothermal, alternative transportation fuels and energy efficiency and conservation.
  • Carbon Capture and Storage/Climate Change including terrestrial sequestration and other related issues.
  • Air Quality including ground level ozone, transportation and electric generation issues.
  • Watersheds and wetlands focusing on abating abandoned mine drainage, reducing non-point source pollution and enhancing water conservation.
  • Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education with a focus on nutrient and sediment loads, point and non-point source pollution reduction

The Environmental Education Grants Program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993 (35 P. S. §§ 7521–7528), which mandates setting aside 5% of the pollution fines and penalties collected annually by the Department for environmental education in this Commonwealth. Grant applications submitted to the Department must be postmarked by December 17, 2010, to be eligible for consideration and are limited to no more than $7,500.

Applications are available online at and click on the Environmental Education button, then grants, or by contacting DEP’s Environmental Education Grants Program, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063, calling (717) 772-1828 or replying through email.

Pennsylvania American Water grant program

See this story about Pennsylvania American Water’s environmental grant program. Up to $10,000 will be offered for projects like watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity, buffer restoration, and hazardous wastes cleanups. Grant applications and information can be found at

For more information contact Gary Lobaugh, 724-873-3674,; or Terry Maenza, 610-670-7789, ext. 123,

Grant opportunity from NFWF

Folks, a grant announcement from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. NFWF is soliciting pre-proposals for the Marine Debris Research and Technology Grants Program, in partnership with NOAA. Grants of $20,000 – $200,000 for projects to “improve our understanding of the impacts of marine debris on our marine and coastal resources, and to reduce and prevent debris in our marine environment.” Projects in the Great Lakes are also eligible. Some target areas include reducing impact and creation of derelict gear, as well as efforts to increase understanding of debris impact on wildlife and habitat. Pre-proposals are due May 8th. You may review the RFP at