The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds


VISTA Opportunity

March 26 2015

Do you work in an AMD-impacted region? Do you need help with outreach and monitoring? Do you have limited funding to support such a position? The good news is that the OSM VISTA program is now accepting applications. Click here for more information.

CFA Opportunity

March 02 2015

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (CFA) has a great opportunity for a paid, summer internship for graduating seniors. Applications must be submitted no later than March 31.

This is the third year for the Foundation’s paid, summer internship program, which provides opportunities for eight 2015 graduates from Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties to:

  • Work in teams to develop and implement philanthropic projects focusing on community issues.
  • Research issues, create funding guidelines, and award funds to organizations working to improve our region.
  • Learn how to create media projects to spread their messages.
  • Earn money while learning about the Greater Johnstown area and current events that affect the region.
  • Engage with community organizations, residents, and leaders to understand how to be a force for positive change.

Applications are due March 31. Please direct interested students to this link for a copy of the complete job description and a link to the application.

Click here to learn more about the overall experience through a slide show and radio documentaries from last year’s participants.

DCNR Funds Available

February 26 2015

The application period for DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program opened January 14, 2015 and will close at 4:00 p.m. on April 16, 2015. This year, applicants will apply using DCNR’s new online grants portal. The new application system is menu driven and includes a number of enhancements to help users submit a complete and competitive application. Internal and external testing has shown that the interface is intuitive and user friendly.

Two grant training webinars were recently conducted and are posted at this link: These trainings offer an overview of DCNR’s grant program and a tutorial on the new grants portal.

We strongly recommend applicants contact their BRC Regional Recreation and Park Advisor to discuss proposed projects and program application requirements prior to submitting an application. To find your advisor, go to and select “About Us.”

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Educational Television Association (also known as WVIA) has recently completed season three of their Greenlife Pennsylvania series. The theme is to “Think Globally, Act Locally,” and the series focuses on how Pennsylvanians are tackling universal environmental issues such as habitat loss and restoration, invasive species, and a loss of connection to the outdoors. This series shows how DCNR, our partners and grantees are using cutting-edge tactics with a can-do spirit to make our state a better place to live. The entire series can be viewed by clicking here and then by clicking on the “Videos” tab on the middle right side of the page.

Watershed Symposium Coming Soon

February 28 2013

Make plans to attend the Foundation’s ACT2013 Symposium. The event will be April 5 & 6 at the Nittany Lion Inn. Register now, and we’ll see you there!

For details click here.

Water Movie

November 08 2012

A new movie, that will hit the streets in May, is causing a stir. Last Call at the Oasis, calls for a more responsible approach to water resource use and management. The author proposes that we can’t continue wasting water, and that the time is drawing near for a paradigm shift towards reusing waste water.

Channel 10 News Covers AML Funding

September 14 2012

Altoona’s Channel 10 News provided recent coverage on the impacts of funding to PA’s mine reclamation effort. Click here for details.

Coldwater Grants Available

September 12 2012

As provided by: Samantha Kutskel


Phone:  (814) 359-5233

September, 2012

Coldwater Heritage Partnership Announces Opening of 2013 Grant Program

The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) announces the opening of the 2013 Coldwater Conservation Grants Program. The program provides two grant opportunities, which help to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania’s coldwater ecosystems.

The two grant opportunities are:

  • Planning Grant- designed to help develop a conservation plan that identifies the values and threats that impact the health of our coldwater ecosystems that have naturally reproducing trout.  The collected information can be used as a catalyst for more comprehensive planning or for development of watershed improvements projects. Planning grants average around $6,000.
  • Implementation Grant– designed to provide funding to projects recommended in a completed conservation plan or report. Potential projects must enhance, conserve or protect the coldwater stream for which the coldwater conservation plan was originally completed.  Implementation grants average around $10,000.

Applications can be found at Applications will be accepted through December 14, 2012.  The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) urges watershed groups, conservation districts, municipalities and local chapters of Trout Unlimited to apply.

The Coldwater Heritage Partnership provides technical assistance and funding support for the evaluation, conservation and protection of Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams. Grants will be awarded to organizations to outline strategies and complete implementation projects that best conserve and protect our coldwater fisheries.

Besides offering grants, CHP works to: foster greater public understanding of watershed characteristics and how they affect coldwater ecosystems; identify special areas of concern, such as areas with exceptional water quality and high potential for impacts; and provide technical assistance and financial opportunities to organizations dedicated to protecting our coldwater ecosystems.

The CHP is a cooperative effort of Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU), the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.

For more information, contact PATU Coldwater Resource Specialist Samantha Kutskel at (814) 359-5233 or visit the Coldwater Heritage Partnership website at

Survey For Environmental Groups

September 05 2012

Erin Pischke, a Duquesne graduate student is asking environmental groups to assist her with research. The proposed research will identify and analyze the breadth and depth of the networks of non-profit environmental organizations and conservation districts that advocate for or against issues surrounding Marcellus Shale drilling within northeastern and southwestern Pennsylvania. To take the survey click here.

Robert Morris Outdoor Fair

September 04 2012

Robert Morris University will host an outdoor fair on September 18, 2012 from 11 to 1. For more information click here.

Raid of AML Fund

September 04 2012

Just when environmental groups had grown accustomed to the new, funding provisions under the reauthorized Abandoned Mine Lands Fund of 2006, Congress has pulled the rug out from under us. With a ‘gap’ in transportation funding, the AML Fund seemingly became the target for balancing the Transportation Bill, and the Baucus Amendment was the vehicle. The raided funds will equate to at least $178 Million being derailed for PA mine reclamation. With our legacy issues still accounting for more than 180,000 acres of mine scared land, and some 5,500 miles of degraded streams, this is a HUGE travesty. Click on the links below for more information, and stay tuned for details on how you can reverse the Baucus Amendment!

Baucus Amendment Information.

PA Environmental News Interview.

Altoona Mirror Article.

WHYY’s Blog Post.

WHYY’s Interview with John Dawes.

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