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EPA grant supports Friends of Deckers Creek

Release Date: 01/29/2010
Contact Information: Roy Seneca, 215-814-5567

(PHILADELPHIA – January 29, 2010) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $21,907 environmental education grant to the Friends of Deckers Creek in Dellslow, W. Va. to track water quality and help educate the community about the impacts of acid mine drainage and other potential water pollutants.

Funding will support the group’s Clean Creeks Program, which tracks water quality trends in the watershed. Data collected and published through this program are used to educate the public about the impact of acid mine drainage and other environmental pollutants.

“This project is an example of community stewardship that serves to educate the students, community leaders and others about potential pollutants and instill community awareness about the importance of protecting the environment,” said Shawn M. Garvin, administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region.

Since 1992, EPA has provided more than $2.5 million annually to local organizations and schools nationwide including about $3.5 million in 2009. These grants have funded education programs of nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies supporting a wide range of environmental issues for citizens of all ages.

Visit to find out more about EPA’s environmental education grants and online resources for communities, educators, and children.