Longietti: $3,000 grant to fund school programs, public outreach on backyard water conservation

HARRISBURG, June 28 – A $3,000 mini grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection will fund in-school programs and public outreach on backyard water conservation,” state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. 

“Programs that teach residents how to conserve backyard water bring tangible results, even on an individual level, by helping to protect the environment, save money and improve growing conditions,” Longietti said. 

“Another important benefit of these programs is that they bring the ever-important subject of environmental conservation into the classroom. We’re educating our next generation on the importance of being wise stewards of the land and teaching them to think in terms of solving ongoing environmental challenges.”

The grant to the Mercer County Conservation District is one of a package of Environmental Education mini grants awarded by DEP to encourage environmental awareness in students and adults. 

The grant program focuses on projects that educate and empower disadvantaged communities to participate in environmental and public health issues; teach the public about emissions reduction, energy conservation, and renewable energy; and educate local officials, business owners and homeowners about ways of reducing pollution and monitoring and improving water quality.

Enacted in 1993, the Environmental Education Act mandates that 5% of all pollution fines and penalties collected annually by DEP be set aside for environmental protection. Since inception of the grant program, more than $10 million in grants has been awarded to support environmental education efforts throughout Pennsylvania.