Environment Erie

Public Workshops

Walnut Creek Watershed Workshop: Improvements for Septic Systems

A workshop on land and property management (Postcard).

Environment Erie will host a landowner workshop to share ways to protect the Walnut Creek Watershed. Improvement and regular maintenance of your septic system will reduce the amount of excess nutrients being released into the watershed, providing a better habitat for steelhead and other aquatic species that share this water resource with you and your family. FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE for help offset the cost of improving your system through this Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener sponsored program.

* Saturday January 25, 2014
* Saturday February 8, 2014

Time: 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Where: Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Cost: FREE

Registration: 814.835.8069 or educator@environmenterie.org

Compost: The New "Black Gold"

A workshop on diverting food waste & recyclables from our landfill

Join the Erie County Recycling Program, Environment Erie, and Millcreek Township for this informational workshop onthe philosophy of zero waste and proper procedures for diverting food waste, recyclables, and electronics from the waste stream with an emphasis on composting. Attendees will learn how to build and maintain a successful compost pile from everyday organic waste material as well as discover opportunities made available through local composting and recycling centers. Upon completion of the workshop, each participating household will receive a FREE Compost Wizard Jr. bin and composting handouts.

* Saturday April 13, 2013
* Saturday April 20, 2013
* Saturday September 7, 2013
* Saturday September 28, 2013

Time: 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Where: Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Cost: FREE

Registration: Click here

Managing Municipal Stormwater

Stormwater runoff impacts our streams and watersheds; it causes declines in water quality, streambank erosion, and flash floods; degrades fish habitat; and reduces groundwater recharge. Significant impairment of a waterway occurs when impervious surfaces (parking lots and rooftops) cover as little as 10% of the land.

This workshop is designed to provide an overview of new stormwater regulations and to discuss how sustainable design and low impact development can help municipal officials, professionals and property owners meet those regulations.

Penn State Cooperative Extension, Environment Erie, PA Sea Grant, the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership, and the USDA Forest Service are working together to provide this training for municipal officials, engineers, and others involved in managing stormwater and protecting water quality.

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - Thursday, April 18, 2013
Time: 8:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Where: Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Room 112