Longietti: $3,000 mini grant to fund workshops on stormwater management, water conservation

HERMITAGE, June 26 – A mini grant to the Buhl Park Corp. will create opportunities for Mercer County residents to learn more about stormwater management and water conservation, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said the grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection will fund the project titled, “DIY Water Conservation: Educational Programs and Public Workshops” -- two hands-on workshops addressing stormwater management, non-point source pollution and the benefits of backyard water conservation.

“Mercer County residents have always shown a keen interest in practical, hands-on ways to benefit the community, and the workshops funded by this grant are going to provide that kind of information when it comes to local environmental issues,” Longietti said. “Residents will be able to learn more about the challenges posed by stormwater management and non-point source pollution and about how their own efforts at backyard water collection and conservation can help.”

Longietti said one goal of the project is to increase the number of commercial and residential gardens and flower plantings by providing rain barrels in practical locations.

The grant is part of a package of $434,168 in Environmental Education Grants to 55 projects that will engage youths and adults in environmental justice, climate change, and/or water quality improvement, expanding their understanding of these issues in Pennsylvania and providing skills to take responsible action to protect their environment.