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Press Release

CONTACT: Anne Capra, PVPC Principal Planner, (413) 781-6045

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24,2009

Connecticut River Cleanup Committee Announces Mini-Grant for Schools for Stormwater Pollution Projects

The Connecticut River Cleanup Committee has $1,500 to award up to three mini-grants to teachers for projects about water pollution from stormwater. Teachers at any grade level at public schools in Agawam, Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke, Granby, Longmeadow, Ludlow, South Hadley, Springfield, West Springfield, and Westfield are eligible to apply.

Proposals will be evaluated on innovation and creativity, project need, use of matching funds (in-kind or other), partnerships, ability of the project to increase awareness about stormwater pollution. Projects must be replicable in other classrooms and schools and must address one or more of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in any category. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2010. 

Completed proposal application forms must be submitted by May 15, 2009 to Anne Capra, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 26 Central Street, West Springfield, MA  01089. Awards will be made by June 15, 2009.

For proposal application forms and information, contact Anne Capra at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at (413) 781-6045 or acapra@pvpc.org.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON STORMWATER ISSUES

STORMWATER PROBLEMS: Massachusetts communities have a serious problem with pollution from stormwater. When it rains or snows, the water running off streets, parking lots, construction sites, and yards can wash sediments, oil, toxins, and other pollutants over land or into nearby storm drains. The polluted water is then discharged untreated into local streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. This pollution degrades water quality and aquatic habitat and is a leading threat to public health and the environment today.

CONNECTICUT RIVER CLEANUP COMMITTEE BACKGROUND: In 1993, the Connecticut River Cleanup Committee formed to address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Connecticut River. CRCC is composed of representatives from five Massachusetts communities—Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Ludlow, and South Hadley—and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. CRCC explores funding sources and opportunities for inter-municipal cooperation on river cleanup. Each of the five member communities is under administrative orders from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address negative water quality impacts to the Connecticut River from CSOs.

STORMWATER SUBCOMMITTEE BACKGROUND: In response to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Phase II program of March 2003, CRCC formed a Stormwater Subcommittee to address Phase II’s public education and outreach requirements. Membership was opened to any communities within the Hampshire and Hampden county areas regulated under Phase II. Eleven communities are members of the Stormwater Subcommittee: Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Ludlow, South Hadley, Agawam, Granby, Longmeadow, Easthampton, Westfield, and West Springfield.

For more information, contact Anne Capra, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, (413) 781-6045 or acapra@pvpc.org.

 

   

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