Monday, May 23, 2022

Warren Conservation District 'Save The Rain' Educational Workshop Highlights How Rain Barrels Help Reduce Pollution

On May 21, members of the Department of Environmental Protection Northwest Regional Office attended a workshop on nonpoint source pollution at
Ekey’s Florist & Greenhouse in Warren County. 

The “Save the Rain” workshop, conducted by the Warren County Conservation District, highlighted the benefits of using rain barrels to decrease nonpoint source pollution.

In preparation for the event, the Warren County Conservation District sent five rain barrels to Warren County Christian School, Eisenhower High School, Sheffield High School, Youngsville High School, and Tidioute Community Charter School to be painted by the students. 

During the workshop, members of the public voted for their favorite barrels, learned about nonpoint source pollution, their roles in producing nonpoint source pollution, and strategies to reduce this type of pollution. 

The rain barrels were raffled off to community members who voted during the event. 

“This is exactly the type of project the DEP is looking for when awarding Environmental Education Grants,” said DEP Northwest Regional Director Erin Wells. “The Warren County Conservation District should be commended for its continued work educating the community on important environmental issues.”

The workshop was partially funded through the DEP’s 2021 Environmental Education Grants Program. 

The DEP Environmental Education Grants program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates that 5% of all pollution fines and penalties collected annually by the DEP will be set aside for environmental education. 

Since its inception, the DEP has awarded $12.3 million in environmental education grant funding to support 2,134 projects.

Grant Round Opens In August

DEP will open its next application period for Environmental Education Grants in August.

Visit DEP’s Environmental Education Grants Program webpage to learn more about the program.

Teaching Green

For more environmental ed resources, visit DEP’s Environmental Education webpage.  Questions should be directed to Bert Myers, DEP Environmental Education and Information Center, call 717-772-1828 or send email to:     Click Here to sign up for the DEP Teaching Green newsletter.

For more information on environmental programs in Pennsylvania, visit DEP’s website, Click Here to sign up for DEP’s newsletter, sign up for DEP Connects events, sign up for DEP’s eNotice, visit DEP’s BlogLike DEP on Facebook, Follow DEP on Twitter and visit DEP’s YouTube Channel.

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-- Warren Times: Warren Conservation District - Rain Barrels Decorated By Students Promote Clean Water Environmental Message

[Posted: May 23, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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