Lehigh Valley Watershed Master Steward Program Receives Healing the Planet Grant | The Valley Register

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania – To help strengthen environmental stewardship by connecting families to community green spaces, the Penn State Extension Lehigh Valley Master Watershed Steward Program received a $10,000 Healing the Planet grant from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

The Giant Corporation is supporting this grant for the installation of 30 demonstration downspout planters across the state, two stormwater pond naturalization projects, and a live stake nursery installation.

The Lehigh Valley Master Watershed Steward Program included in this grant and was able to install four downspout demonstration planters in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Downspout planters are decorative landscape planters specifically designed to absorb and filter stormwater before it enters stormwater management or sewer systems. Downspout planters filled with a base layer of gravel allow for drainage, a storm-friendly soil mix, and native perennial vegetation that returns each spring. During storms, the water captured from the roof flows into the planter. If the volume of water is greater than the capacity of the planter, it exits the planter through an overflow outlet. Planters filled with native plants provide habitat for pollinators and beautify homeowners.

In June and July, Master Watershed Steward volunteers installed four of these watershed demonstration planters – one at the Lehigh County Extension Office in Allentown, at the Northampton County Extension Office in Nazareth, one at the Osprey House at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington and one with other stormwater management infrastructure at the Nurture Nature Center in Easton. Master watershed stewards and partner organizations will use these planters as teaching tools.

For more information about the Master Watershed Steward program, contact Brad Kunsman, Extension Educator at 610-813-6613 or bjk21@psu.edu.

The Master Watershed Steward program educates and empowers volunteers to protect environmental resources. After receiving 40 hours of training, Master Watershed Stewards give back to the community by providing educational opportunities, collecting citizen science data, organizing cleanups, working on wildlife habitats and waterway restoration projects and more !

About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s vision is a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has worked with hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state to remove nearly 148 million pounds of trash from Pennsylvania roads, waterways, greenways, vacant lots, forests and other community spaces. . Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s core programming focuses on illegal litter and dumping prevention, cleanup, community greening, proper waste management, and sustainable practices. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful works with many partner organizations at the state and grassroots level to achieve our goal of a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.

About GIANT Company

The GIANT Company​ believes that no matter where or how, when meals happen, families connect, and when families connect in meaningful ways, good happens. Guided by its brand platform, For Today’s Table®, the omnichannel retailer proudly serves millions of neighbors across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. A Great Place to Work™ certified company with more than 35,000 talented team members supporting nearly 190 stores, 132 pharmacies, 107 gas stations, and more than 150 online pickup centers and grocery delivery service in hundreds of zip codes, The GIANT Company is changing the customer experience and connecting families for a better future. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, The GIANT Company family of brands includes GIANT, MARTIN’S, GIANT Heirloom Market, GIANT Direct and MARTIN’S Direct. The GIANT Company is an Ahold Delhaize USA company. For more information, visit the GIANT Where AT MARTIN websites.

Penn State Extension offers a variety of non-credit online courses for the public. Consumers can access educational articles, videos, online courses and publications at their convenience, and register for in-person regional workshops and online webinars on a wide range of topics.

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Information provided to TVL by:
Kelly M Bond
Administrative support assistant
PennState Extension


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