Environment Erie

Environment Erie program wins award

May 30, 2014 | Posted in News, Restoration Success Stories

A local education program that funded rain gardens at two schools to control stormwater entering lakes and streams has received a 2014 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award.

Environment Erie was honored Wednesday for its BeginANEW program, which focuses on reconnecting urban neighborhoods with nature in order to address effective stormwater management, green spaces, species biodiversity and environmental health in cities. The organization was one of four to receive the award, which included $5,000, from Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, officials said.

The award is given for leadership, effectiveness and results in having an effect on the environment.

Other recipients included Paddle Without Pollution, a Pittsburgh-based group planning a Presque Isle Water Trail and video about it.

BeginANEW supported installation of rain gardens at St. George School in Millcreek Township and Iroquois Elementary School in Lawrence Park Township.

Environment Erie officials said the gardens divert about 255,000 gallons of stormwater a year away from the stormwater system. Also, more than 100 native plants of 15 species have been planted in the urban environment, and more than 500 students have been educated about the effects of stormwater runoff.