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News & Updates:

August 17, 2015
FFY 2016 Grant Solicitation Now Open

The solicitation period for FFY 2016 Coastal Zone grants is now open and will close on October 19, 2015. An updated application instruction guide and link to the online application can be accessed on the grants page.

June 23, 2015
New Coastal Resources Management Program Videos on DEP's YouTube Channel

Periodically, the PA Coastal Resources Program will be uploading short videos of select projects highlighting local work in protecting, restoring and developing Pennsylvania’s two coastal communities and their resources.

2015 Great Lakes Children's Water Festival (links to YouTube) - The 2015 Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival, held at Penn State Erie, Behrend College on May 14, 2015, was one of the largest that the sponsor, the Water Systems Council, has ever hosted, drawing thousands of fifth-grade students from Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. These students explored drinking water, groundwater, watersheds, surface water, well systems, and water quality and conservation through dynamic and interactive activities. Support for the event came partially from the PA DEP Office of the Great Lakes and Coastal Resources Management Programs.

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and Trail (links to YouTube) - The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a portion of a larger multi-use greenway trail system along the Schuylkill River that provides public access and recreational opportunities in Philadelphia. The trail was made possible through the support of the Federal Government, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including the DEP Coastal Resources Management Program.

 

June 5, 2015
Draft Section 309 Assessment and Strategy of Pennsylvania’s Coastal Resources Management Program, 2016 – 2021

Pennsylvania’s Coastal Resources Management Program is participating in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Zone Enhancement Grants Program. As part of that process, the program has developed a Draft Section 309 Assessment and Strategy for the period October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2021. Interested persons may submit written comments on the draft Program Assessment and Strategy by July 7, 2015. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. All comments, including comments submitted by electronic mail, must include the originator’s name and address. Comments should be submitted in writing to Kevin Hess, DEP Interstate Waters Office, P.O. Box 8465, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8465 or by email to khess@pa.gov.

Click here to access the draft Section 309 Assessment and Strategy of Pennsylvania’s Coastal Resources Management Program, 2016 – 2021.

 

May 21, 2015
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Oblique aerial photography taken in April 2015 along the Lake Erie shoreline is now available for download. Click here to access the oblique page.

 

March 20, 2015
Volunteers Needed for 2015 Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival

The Water Systems Council (WSC) will hold its 2015 Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival on May 14, 2015 on the campus of Penn State Behrend in Erie, and is recruiting local volunteers to serve as presenters, classroom guides, classroom assistants, registration volunteers, Mess Hall workers, and logistics coordinators.

The Children’s Water Festival promises to be one of the largest ever, drawing more than 1,700 students from Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. These students will explore drinking water, groundwater, watersheds, surface water, well systems, and water quality and conservation through dynamic and interactive activities.

More than 400 volunteers will be needed to staff the 2015 Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival on May 14, 2015. Volunteer, sponsorship and presenter forms can be completed on the WSC website at www.watersystemscouncil.org/water-festivals. Please register by April 15.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is a Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival. The festival will help DEP meet commitments for water conservation and efficiency outreach in the Great Lakes Compact Agreement.