Left to right: Shaler Area teachers Kate Elder and Christine Palladino, Shaler Area students Alyssa Juzwick, Olivia Jarzynka, Rebecca Schiqusne, Jamie Eichmiller, Caitlin Fedorek, GRWA Executive Director Donna Pearson and Shaler Area student Anna Sheets. Not pictured: Shaler Area student Dakota Carr
PITTSBURGH (May 9, 2019) -- The Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) awarded over $6,500 to Girty’s Run Watershed Association (GRWA) to install an educational rain garden at Shaler Area High School through the Conservation, Leadership and Innovation Program.
The rain garden will allow students to understand the value of wildlife habitat and the benefits of green infrastructure in stormwater management and pollutant reduction.
"One of GRWA’s guiding principles is to provide education as a foundation for future watershed protection and stewardship," GRWA Executive Director Donna Pearson said. "The educational and demonstrative nature of this rain garden will allow students to understand the benefits of green infrastructure in stormwater management as well as the value of wildlife habitat in a changing climate."
Shaler Area High School students will design the rain garden with assistance from GRWA, DECO Resources and Audobon Society of Western Pennsylvania.
"It was a very enriching project that helped us learn about how nature works in different environments," Shaler Area High School sophomore Alyssa Juzwick said. "It's a great feeling putting our ideas into action."
Conservation, Leadership and Innovation Grants were awarded in conjunction with Conservation District Week in Allegheny County, recognized by Rich Fitzgerald as May 5 -11 in support of ACCD and Pennsylvania’s 66 conservation districts.
Allegheny Goatscape will also receive a $9.5K grant from ACCD to restore a public wooded area in Perry Hilltop.
“Our goal with the Conservation, Leadership and Innovation program is to improve water, soil and land use across the county,” ACCD Watershed Specialist Amy Miller said. “By working with municipalities and nonprofits on a community level, we can create a region with an educated and engaged public, clean water and a sustainable future.”
Since 2013, ACCD has awarded over $600K to local nonprofits and municipalities through its Conservation, Leadership and Innovation Program in support of regional conservation efforts.
About Allegheny County Conservation District: ACCD, an urban conservation district, provides specific programming aimed at improving Allegheny County’s natural resources and reducing non-point source pollution through technical assistance, resources, leadership and enforcement.