SAN Connections - Spring 2016
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SAN 5 Year Strategic Plan
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After a year of planning through interactive listening sessions, partner meetings, and targeted surveys, the Schuylkill Action Network has finalized its 5 Year Strategic Plan.

One of the plan's new focuses will be to engage the recreational community in protecting the watershed through the formation of a new Recreation Workgroup.

The strategic plan can be downloaded here.
Schuylkill Street Art Contest Winners
We're happy to announce the three 1st place winners for the Schuylkill Street Art Contest! This summer the winning designs will be transformed into temporary street art stickers that will be installed around storm drains in watershed communities.

View all of the winning and notable entries here.
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1st place winner for Montgomery County - Kristin Olinger
What's New for the Schuylkill Scrub?
IMG_1141 Litter cleanups are important, but it's also important to collect data on the types and amount of litter found. That's why we're working with the Schuylkill Navy and Philadelphia Water to develop a new process for assessing litter collected at our cleanups.

By determining what types of litter are most prevalent in the watershed, we can then start developing programs and encouraging policies to limit litter.

If you're interested in pilot testing our new litter assessment method, please email
Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Awards
Congratulations to the 3 schools who won this year's Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Awards!  ​For more details about the winners, click here. Students
Students from Phoenixville Area Middle School 
Schuylkill Action Students Program
TDA_4084 Do you know of a school interested in completing a stormwater improvement project on their campus? Let us know by emailing

The SAN coordinates the Schuylkill Action Students program, which focuses on improving environmental sustainability of schools in the watershed, while providing meaningful environmental education experiences to students.
Schuylkill Action Students Featured School: The Montessori School
In 2013, the Montessori School installed a rain garden on their campus in Dresher, PA, and in 2014, the school expanded the area into a second rain garden. 

Currently, the school is working with Temple University and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary to develop a green master plan for the school. The plan will identify best ways to manage stormwater on their property. Additionally, the school will be installing downspout planters and rain barrels. 
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Connecting French Creek State Park
BigWoodsTrail_PressReleasesmall Natural Lands Trust recently purchased 2.3 acres of important woodlands that will connect two disjointed portions of French Creek State Park.

This parcel is in the Hopewell Big Woods - the largest block of contiguous forest between New York and Washington, D.C.
Clean Farm Award
Joel Loch, a dairy farmer in Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County, was one of three farmers across the state of PA to receive the 2015 Clean Water Farm Award.

Mr. Loch owns a preserved farm, where he manages a dairy and poultry operation, along with cropland and pastureland. His farm has many practices to control stormwater and animal manure, helping to protect Mill Creek, which is a tributary of the Maiden Creek, and a drinking water source for the City of Reading.
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Upcoming Events
  • March 1-May 30 - Schuylkill Scrub (trash cleanups throughout the watershed)
  • April 30 - Philadelphia Science Festival
  • May 11 - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting
  • May 16 - Stormater Workgroup Meeting
  • June 8 - Pathogens/Point Source Workgroup Meeting

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