Institute Receives William Penn Foundation Grant for Stormwater Education

Monday, May 12, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (May 12, 2014) — Saint Joseph’s University recently received a $20,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation (WPF) that will support the Institute for Environmental Stewardship’s (IES) stormwater management education programming. The grant was announced as part of a $225,000 initiative that will engage multiple organizations — including Saint Joseph’s, the Lower Merion Conservancy (LMC), Darby Creek Valley Association, the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative, Villanova University, and Friends Central School — in public outreach, education and scientific monitoring of the Cobbs Creek watershed.

A free workshop held in March and co-sponsored by the LMC, “From Rain Barrels to Facebook: A Workshop on Stormwater in the 21st Century,” was the first of three annual events to be funded by the WPF grant. Previously, Saint Joseph’s and LMC co-sponsored free workshops focusing on the area’s stormwater runoff challenges that were supported by a grant from the United States Department of Energy.

“Stormwater, which is created by the runoff of excess rainwater and melted snow, causes downstream flooding, stream bank erosion, sewer overflows and habitat destruction,” says Michael McCann, Ph.D. ’87, director of the IES and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s vital for the public to become aware that advancing the control of stormwater will improve the natural environment and the accessibility of clean water. The WPF grant will ensure that these free workshops continue to be part of the Institute’s community outreach efforts addressing this critical environmental issue.”

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