THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE AROUND A WATERSHED: failing streambanks and pipes, flood areas, sediment issues, poor fish habitat--just to name a few. And, as we all know, time and money are often hard to come by. Local government, foundations, and other potential funders want assurance that money being spent on restoration activities will provide meaningful improvements in a watershed.
To understand the current conditions of your watershed, pinpoint areas for improvement, and prioritize projects for the best return on investment, watershed groups can facilitate a Visual Watershed Assessment.
By completing a watershed assessment, your group will stand a better chance in securing funding to improve your watershed.
However, completing an official watershed assessment costs thousands of dollars. Do not be discouraged! Your group is fully capable of making this happen.
The Little Sewickley Creek Watershed Association, a citizen volunteer group, has secured enough money to hire an engineering firm to complete a Visual Watershed Assessment. In addition to having a firm put together this official assessment, most of the field work will be powered by volunteers!
How did they find the funding?
1. Strong membership base
The LSCWA has worked hard to find dedicated supporters who are passionate about their water and land.
2. Grant funding from the Allegheny County Conservation District
Your group can apply for a Conservation, Leadership, and Innovation Program Grant to support watershed- focused projects. Visit accdpa.org for more information.
A Watershed Assessment is a great tool for both established and new watershed groups. It provides a valuable plan for moving forward on projects, and also gives volunteers a valuable purpose.
There is simply not enough coverage or funding provided by the agencies responsible for protecting our water resources.