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Local Bucks County Coalition Receives Funding From the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund - Water Resources Education Network Project

(This press release was prepared by the Water Resources Education Network, or WREN)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2000

CONTACT: Kathleen Horwatt, Project Leader/Counselor
(215) 788-0436 or (215) 752-7849

Bristol Twp, Pa. - The Bristol Township School District, F.D. Roosevelt Middle School has received a $3,000 grant from the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund's Water Resources Education Network (LWVPA-CEF WREN) to develop and implement a project aimed at educating local citizens and decision makers about the importance of protecting and improving the Core Creek Watershed, targeting the municipalities of Lower Makefield Township, Newtown Township, and Middletown Township.

The FDR Middle School FLOOD KIDS set out to find solutions to reduce flooding in Lower Bucks County along with sharing the message to protect and improve the quality of the region's watersheds. This is the third year of the project. Sharing knowledge about the importance of local watersheds and the role of Best Management Practices in addressing non-point source pollution is one of the objectives proposed by the local coalition, which consists of the Bristol Township School District, F.D. Roosevelt Middle School and its partners, League Of Women Voters of Bucks County, Bucks County Commissioners and agencies, and Wheelabrator Falls.

"By combining the capabilities and capacities of all the partners in this project, we will raise the local community's awareness of its watershed and the potential sources of contamination and increased flooding to not only the Core Creek Park area but also the Neshaminy Creek Watershed, both of which are part of the larger Delaware River Watershed," says Project Leader Kathleen Horwatt of the Bristol Township School District and Counselor at the F.D. Roosevelt Middle School.

Another of the project's objectives is to encourage the citizens, local government officials, and private organizations in the Core Creek and Neshaminy Watershed area to continue to unite, with the Watershed Management Approach, in matters relative to the protection and improvement of Bucks County watersheds. The coalition especially hopes that by raising the community's awareness of local water resources issues, citizen participation in local public policy making will be increased.

In regard to specific activities planned over the course of the next several months, FDR Middle School will video middle school student presentations about water protection issues and share the information with elected officials, citizens, and service groups. The presentations are being filmed by AT&T Cable Services under the direction of Mike Miller. They will be initially viewed on the Bucks County League of Women Voters program, Let's Talk, which is produced by Shirley Hart.

The Bristol Township School District, F.D. Roosevelt Middle School and its partners, The League of Women Voters of Bucks County, Bucks County Commissioners and agencies, and Wheelabrator Falls, is one of twenty-six community coalitions across Pennsylvania awarded funding by the LWVPA-CEF WREN to improve their community's water resources. "The key to water resource protection is clearly local action," says WREN Project Director Sherene Hess. "The Bristol Township School District, F.D. Roosevelt Middle School and its partners have developed a strong, sound project that will help the municipalities within the Core Creek and Neshaminy Watershed community work cooperatively to protect its water resources," says Hess.

For further information about the "Sharing Our Knowledge of Best Management Practices for Saving Our Watersheds" project, please contact Horwatt at (215) 788-0436 or by e-mail at kathorwatt@aol.com.

For more information about the LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, including the grant program and the WREN Resource Center, please call (800) 692-7281 or visit the WREN website.