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2015 Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Awards    

Tue Mar 24, 2015

About the Awards: Every year, the Schuylkill Action Network awards three schools in the Schuylkill Watershed that help protect sources of drinking water - that is the creeks, streams, and rivers where we get our water from. Water protection activities can include stormwater management practices, class projects, educational programs, community engagement, and more.


Schools Awarded: 

1. Science Leadership Academy at Beeber, Philadelphia, PA

About 16 students worked with the Philadelphia Water Department to build and install environmental sensor kits (“root kits”) in the campus' rain garden to monitor soil moisture and temperature. They also made these kits for three elementary schools. Read more about their project on their blogThe award ceremony was held on Monday, May 4 during National Drinking Water Week.

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2. Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA
About 20 students in the school’s environmental club, Operation Green, held a public rain barrel workshop and will conduct two more rain barrel workshops. About 50 participants attended the first workshop. Outreach for the workshops were conducted through mailings in Reading Area Water Authority's water bills, press releases, and social media. The students partnered with Reading Environmental Advisory Council, Berks County Conservation District, and the Reading Area Water Authority to conduct these workshops. The award ceremony was held on Thursday, May 7 during National Drinking Water Week.

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About 240 eighth grade students retrofitted a basin into a rain garden, planted trees, and retrofitted a swale into three separate rain gardens. Additionally, the students participated in environmental education, such as learning about soil biology, participating in a forestry walk, hanging blue bird boxes, and learning about wildlife. The school partnered with the Orwigsburg Borough, the Orwigsburg Lions Club, Schuylkill County Conservation District, and the Schuylkill Headwaters Association and received funding through the Schuylkill River Restoration FundThe award ceremony was held on Friday, May 22.

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