Education & Outreach

An educated public can be the most valuable resource tool in restoring the health of an entire watershed. Ideally, education efforts foster an appreciation and awareness of local water resources, inspiring stewardship and meaningful changes in daily actions.

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  • Saucony Creek Brewing Company

    The Saucony Creek Brewing Company is a start-up microbrewery in Kutztown, Berks County. Partnering with the Schuylkill Action Network, they have developed the Stonefly India Pale Ale. Portions of each sale will be donated to restoration funds benefitting the Schuylkill River. Check back here for more information on their opening festivities!

  • 2012 Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Awards

    PHILADELPHIA(May 9, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized three elementary and middle schools and one college in the Schuylkill River Watershed today for developing educational environmental projects that help to protect sources of drinking water.

  • Limerick Elementary School SAS Riparian Planting

    On October 17th, 2011, participants in the Schuylkill Action Students program at Limerick Elementary School installed a riparian buffer on their School Campus.

  • Protecting Public Drinking Water Workshop

    REGISTER NOW- June 22nd, Pottstown, PA This half-day workshop will help public water suppliers, municipal officials, planners, watershed groups, and residents explore how communities can determine, map and protect the areas surrounding their drinking water sources; how to facilitate better local decision making for land use and open space preservation; how to involve the public in contamination prevention and education efforts; and how DEP’s Source Water Protection Technical Assistance Program (SWPTAP) can provide your community with a game plan to protect public health and prevent contamination before it happens.

  • The Schuylkill Action Network’s 2010 Drinking Water Scholastic Awards

    On May 3rd, 2010, four wastershed schools were awarded the Schuylkill Action Network’s 2010 Drinking Water Scholastic Award.

  • Schuylkill Scrub

    For years, conscientious groups in beautiful Southeastern Pennsylvania have charged into spring to diligently clean up a little piece of paradise. Now, thanks to the collaborative efforts of many individuals and organizations, an improved united effort has been launched as the Schuylkill Scrub. Between April 15th and May 31st, the Schuylkill Scrub will register existing and new waterway cleanup efforts from the headwaters of the Schuylkill River down to the confluence of the Delaware River in Philadelphia. We expect that the cumulative amount of trash removed through this campaign will be very impressive and immediately benefit the entire Schuylkill River watershed!

  • Fairmount Dam Fish Passage Restoration

    The Fairmount Dam was created in 1820 to provide a source of drinking water for the City of Philadelphia. This dam eliminated the ability for fish to migrate upstream. In 1979 a fish ladder was constructed, but it had poor flow conditions at the fishway entrance, impeding entry by fish, as well as inappropriate internal flows, impeding passage of fish that do manage to enter the structure. These factors limit the successful migration of anadromous fish, including shad and river herring. Restoration of the fish passage to correct these issues was just completed. The future success of several upstream fish ladders was dependent on improving the operation of this ladder.

  • StormwaterPA

    StormwaterPA is a collaborative effort that highlights storm water management innovations – and provides developers, municipal officials, and engineers with the tools to transform local runoff problems from unwanted nuisance into beneficial resource.

  • RiverBASE

    RiverBASE is a project of the Environmental Program of Reading Area Community College. Its goal is to provide educators in the Schuylkill River watershed with resources covering science, natural history, history and culture of the river watershed.

  • Philly RiverCast

    Created in response to the growing role of the Schuylkill river as a recreational resource, RiverCast provides users with a water quality forecast based upon flow, rainfall, and turbidity levels. Once a prediction is made, a color-coded system is associated with recommended recreational activities.

  • Guide to Stormwater Management on School Campuses

    Distributed to schools, colleges and universities throughout the region, the full-color Guide instructs campuses in the watershed to better manage stormwater on their properties by implementing Best Management Practices such as rain gardens, rain barrels, tree planting and meadow installation, and environmentally-friendly maintenance practices.

  • Perkiomen Outreach Pilot

    Focusing on 362 square miles, a multi-year conservation, education and cleanup program addressed the specific needs of the Perkiomen Watershed. The POP renewed public interest and sparked stewardship in the watershed they call home.

  • Riverbend Environmental Education Center

    A pervious parking lot and bio-infiltration areas were installed to slow and filter stormwater runoff to Saw Mill Run, a direct tributary to the Schuylkill River. Now the first stop on the REEC tour, visitors learn how stormwater sinks through the new surface and into areas where ground infiltration can occur, reducing stormwater velocity and pollution in the creek.

  • Environmental Advisory Councils

    EAC’s are volulnteer groups recruited by townships to advocate and participate in environmental initiatives in their local communities. Townships with active EAC’s generally have more environmentally-friendly approaches to land management.

  • Springside School Rain Garden

    Students transformed a paved traffic circle into a working rain garden, calming trqaffic problems and preventing heated parking lot runoff pollution from entering the Wissahickon Creek. Other rain gardens and student-created sculptural installations addressed runoff from the school roofs.