The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds


Grant Portal

January 14 2020

FPW grantees should be aware that we have moved to a completely online system. This system allows you to submit Convening Grants, LOIs, Project Applications and Final Reports online. To review 2020’s important dates click here.

FPW Unveils Economic Reports

December 18 2018

For far too long environmental groups have been criticized for talking about ‘warm and fuzzy’ qualitative measures of success. With a new focus on full time equivalents (FTEs), leverage factors, and a new vocabulary that relates to economics, groups that aren’t talking the talk are finding it hard to access funding and aren’t gathering much of an audience to listen about their great work.

Two recently commissioned studies underscore the importance of restoring our environment, and illustrate how a cleaner environment can generate economic impact beyond restoration.

Stonycreek Economic Impact Analysis Memo

Little Conemaugh River AMD Cleanup Economic Impact Analysis with report (1) (1)

Earth Wise Consulting’s “AML Reclamation and Offsite Jobs Report“.

Northwest PA Watershed Group Workshop Invitation

December 07 2018

Please join the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for a gathering of watershed group leaders to share resource information, learn techniques to help build membership, and network with other groups in your region. As part of a PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Growing Greener Grant project, PEC is convening meetings across the state in every PA DEP region to identify needs and provide organizational capacity and technical resource tools. Invited guests include staff from PA DEP, PA DCNR, County Conservation Districts and regional and local environmental organizations with watershed-focused programs and resources.

Who Should Attend? Watershed and environmental organization staff, board members, volunteers, and interested citizens.

When and Where:
Tuesday – October 25, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Bossard Nature Center
22079 State Highway 198*
Saegertown, PA 16433
*note: center is located across from this address

Northwest Region Workshop Registration

COST: $15.00 and includes dinner. For more information and to register, please use link above.

For questions, please contact Susan Myerov at or 267-479-6102

“Closing the Deal” With Rural Landowners Training Workshop

November 06 2018

• Sunday, November 4, 9:00 am-2:00 pm National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV (in conjunction with the Chesapeake Watershed Forum).
• Tuesday, November 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Augusta County Public Library—Main Library, 1759 Jefferson Highway, Fishersville, VA 22939. Register here. 
• Thursday, December 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Farm and Home Center (Multipurpose Room), 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. Register here.

Workshop Description:
Learn the tricks of the trade from the Chesapeake watershed’s most successful conservation field people. If you want rural landowners to say “yes” to conservation practices and easements, this course is for you.
Part 1: Landowners and Their Perspective. You will explore the demographics of rural landowners, and how they make decisions about conservation practices and easements.

Part 2: Negotiations, Start to Finish. In this session, you will learn how to cultivate your personal reputation among landowners, and help them reach a decision to pursue conservation on their property.

Part 3: Persistence Pays — and So Does Customer Service. In this session, we explore how top field staff provide good customer service while managing an ever-expanding workload.

This workshop includes three 90-minute blocks of information and interactive learning, plus a working lunch. Workshop content is based in part on surveys and focus groups of conservation field staff identified by their peers as being especially effective at working with farm and forest landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices.

This training is co-hosted by the Land Trust Alliance and by Virginia’s United Land Trusts (VaULT) and Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (in VA) and by Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (in PA). This project is a collaboration of Water Words that Work, LLC and the Chesapeake Land and Water Initiative, a partnership of the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network and the Land Trust Alliance. We are grateful for the project support of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund’s Technical Capacity Grants program, funded in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as funding from the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Miller Herzog at or 406-580-6410.

About the trainers:
Eric Eckl, founder and principal at Water Words That Work, LLC, has more than 20 years’ experience planning and executing environmental outreach and communications programs. Eric is a sought-after conference speaker and has appeared on CNN and been quoted in the New York Times. Before starting the firm, Eric worked for Beaconfire Consulting, American Rivers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Environmental Law Institute.
Bobby Whitescarver, Whitescarver Natural Resources Management, LLC, has decades of experience in watershed and wildlife habitat restoration working with farmers. Bobby retired from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service after 31 years in the field. He has extensive experience designing and implementing livestock grazing systems, including fencing and alternative watering systems. He has been involved with more than 500 miles of stream bank protection work, helped landowners plant over half a million native hardwood trees and establish and maintain more than a thousand acres of native prairie, and has successfully brought back the Northern Bobwhite to many farms. Bobby is an Agronomist, certified Nutrient Management Planner, certified Prescribed Burn Manager, and certified Resource Management Planner.
Photos: Top: Cecil Land Trust/B. Burnam; Bottom: Wetlands

Studies and Solutions/Scott Petrey

Grant Available

May 14 2018

Apply now for the $5,000 ARIPPA AML/AMD Award. WPCAMR and EPCAMR have partnered with the Anthracite Region Independent Power Producer’s Association (ARIPPA) to offer a competitive award to watershed organizations working on Abandoned Mine Land (AML) and/or Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) remediation projects. Grants at a maximum of $2,500 will be awarded to at least one eligible environmental organization or Conservation District in the Anthracite Region and one eligible environmental organization or Conservation District in the Bituminous Region in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania actively working on AML/AMD issues. Grant proposals should be for on-the-ground AML/AMD construction projects with a completion date between August 2017 and August 2019. Proposals are due June 29th. The amount granted is dependent upon demonstrated need. Applying organizations must support the mission of ARIPPA, including the removal and conversion of waste coal into alternative energy and the beneficial use of CFB ash for AML/AMD reclamation. You can obtain the official Request for Proposals and supporting documents at our website:

Help the 9-11 Memorial Trail

December 05 2016

Cast your vote here:

Project information:

The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a tribute to all who perished and to the heroic first responders on September 11, 2001, in America’s worst terrorist attack. The 1,300-mile trail symbolizes the resiliency and character of America by linking the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. Cyclists, walkers, and drivers can experience breathtaking landscapes, new towns, and the patriotism that grows from visiting sites that demonstrate our nation’s strength. The NRG Gives award will help to build the September 11th National Memorial Trail sections near Flight 93 and Johnstown, Pa., and do planning in between. The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, which will administer the award on behalf of the many project partners, is a nonprofit public foundation that builds professionally managed assets from donors to support Bedford, Cambria, Indiana, and Somerset counties. Innumerable people will benefit from this trail development as it boosts the economy by attracting tourists, honors those who sacrificed so much in the attacks on our nation, and promotes community health by encouraging active lifestyles.

Training Opportunity (click image to enlarge)

November 01 2016


AML Video Released

October 12 2016

The Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation  (WPCAMR) released a video underscoring the need for reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Lands Fund (AMLF). This fund provides a per ton fee on mined coal. AMLF dollars are used to address legacy mining impacts. Pennsylvania has $5B in documented water quality impacts from legacy mining. Due to a down turn in coal production, Pennsylvania is approximately $165M behind 2006 payout projections. With AMLF slated to sunset in 2021, interest is building for renewed efforts to find dedicated funding past 2021!


Training Available

September 08 2016

A prerequisite for receiving AMD funds from FPW is having and maintaining a Datashed account. Learn more about this valuable tool and how to maximize its benefit to your organization. Click here to learn about a FREE Datashed training opportunity!


Chesapeake Bay in the News

May 18 2016

Grantee Octoraro Watershed Association receives film recognition for its work.

The Bay Reboot, gets the boot from some…

Read the E&E article by clicking here!

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