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The Schuylkill Action Network’s 2010 Drinking Water Scholastic Awards    

Wed May 5, 2010

PHOTO: Albert M. Greenfield School Receives award from Glenn Rider, DEP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Schuylkill Action Network recognized four schools in the Schuylkill River Watershed for developing educational projects that increase awareness about the importance of protecting drinking water among students and their communities.  Each school was presented with a Drinking Water Scholastic Award in celebration of National Drinking Water Week on May 2-8, 2010.  The award ceremony was held at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association offices in Ambler, PA.

Recipients for 2010 are spread throughout the Schuylkill River Watershed.  Each of these schools took a unique approach to educate their fellow students and community members about clean water and a healthy environment.  Projects completed by the students include creating a campus rain garden, which helps to keep clean rainwater out of the sewer system.  Students also worked to transform their schoolyard with recycled porous-paving materials, allowing water to soak into the ground rather than wash pollutants into the Schuylkill River.  Other students planted native trees along a local stream, which prevents erosion and serves as a filter for pollution.

 Award Recipients:

  • Worcester Elementary School (Methacton School District)
  • Albert M. Greenfield School (Philadelphia School District)
  • Perkiomen Valley High School (Perkiomen Valley School District)
  • Philadelphia University School of Science and Health

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