Collegeville Kids to be Honored for Service Project

WHO:

  • Eight members of Perkiomen Valley High School’s Key Club
  • Rick Rogers, associate director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mid-Atlantic Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection
  • Virginia Vassalotti of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary on behalf of the Schuylkill Action Network’s many members

WHAT:

The Schuylkill Action Network will recognize students in the Schuylkill River Valley for their work protecting the river and its drinking water.  This will include a ceremony at which students will accept their award and celebrate with a free pizza party.

WHEN:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from 2:40 to 3:15 p.m., which falls within National Drinking Water Week

WHERE:

Perkiomen Valley High School, 509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426

WHY:

Students planned and installed a rain garden to serve as an outdoor classroom.  This is located across the street at the Perkiomen Township Building.

A rain garden is a dug-out, shallow area containing specially selected, native plants.  These capture and cleanse rainwater running off hard surfaces, like driveways, parking lots, and roofs.  These plants not only remove pollutants from the water, but also they allow for absorption, storage, and the slow release of water back into the atmosphere and groundwater.

The purpose of the Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Awards is to reward students for reducing their community’s impact on the Schuylkill River Valley.  They also recognize teachers and volunteers who make schools more environmentally friendly.  This is important because the Schuylkill River and its tributaries provide drinking water for more than 2 million people living in over 200 communities in 11 counties.  It is also the largest influence on the tidal Delaware River and Bay, otherwise known as the Delaware River estuary.

HOW:

This project was possible thanks to the support of the SAN’s members.  These include the Montgomery County Conservation District, Perkiomen Township, and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

SIGHTS:

 

  • 2015 photos at Blue Mountain Middle School and the Science Leadership Academy at Beeber
  • 2014 coverage by Newsworks.org
  • 2014 coverage by BerksMontNews.com

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is a nonprofit organization that brings together people, businesses and governments to restore and protect the Delaware River and Bay. From its headquarters in Wilmington, the PDE focuses programs and scientific research on the entire environment affecting the estuary — from Trenton to Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware. We encourage collaboration among the estuary’s many stakeholders and seek practical solutions to help restore the natural vitality of the Delaware River and Bay on which plants, wildlife, people and businesses rely.

Shaun Bailey, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
110 South Poplar Street, Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 655-4990, ext. 113
Fax: (302) 655-4991
DelawareEstuary.org