Watershed Partners

Most important to the effectiveness of the Paxton Creek Watershed and Education Association (PCWEA) are people and organizations who are generous with their time, cooperation, expertise, and resources. The PCWEA is mainly a volunteer organization, that depends upon the willing cooperation of stakeholders, partners, and others.

The PCWEA Partners are of two kinds -- individual persons who have made contributions to environmental enhancement, education, and protection within Paxton Creek watershed; and organizations that support these efforts. Their contributions take many forms, from labor donations and pro-active influence, to finance and other resources.
Partnerships are apart from membership.

A special recognition, The Lotus and Torch Award, is afforded to partners who have exhibited exceptional contributions toward watershed improvement, habitat stewardship, or environmental education on Paxton Creek. The first recipient of this award is Ralph Kinter of Lower Paxton Township. As an environmental steward Ralph was a model for all peoples and all times. Among his many accomplishments was his personal dedication to maintain a three mile stretch along the Appalachian Trail for nearly 30 years. He was an avid defender of wetland habitats, with self-taught botanical skills respected by scholarly experts. Kinter Point, a beautiful Northern Boardwalk site in Wildwood Lake Sanctuary, is dedicated in memory of Ralph Kinter.

The following table lists past and current watershed partners:

Partner Contribution
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Manpower, technical skills for numerous joint projects
Alliance Environmental Services Planning workshop grant
Canaan Valley Institute Training, computers, grant, maps, contracted retrofit and subwatershed surveys
Central Dauphin School District Rain garden project
Consortium of Scientific Assistance to Watersheds
DEP sponsored evaluation and advice on monitoring studies
Lower Paxton Township Detention pond retrofit & park bioretention projects
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Rivers Conservation Plan grant
PA Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener grant, staff expertise
Greenworks Foundation Grant for video on RCP
Harrisburg Area Community College Watershed education activities, meeting rooms, logistical & technical support for rain and bioretention garden projects
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Rehabilitation projects & Targeted Watershed grants
The Harrisburg Authority Labor for installing creek gauges, analysis of water samples
KnowledgePlanet, Inc. Computer
Kutco Printing & Products, Inc. Printing products
Linglestown Area Civic Association (LACA) & West Hanover Township Bioretention garden & Photography contest partners
Olewine Nature Center Watershed education activities, facilities, and tools
PPL Electric Utilities Stream cleanup grant
Smith Paint Products, Inc. Paint for drain signs, sample bottles
Susquehanna River Basin Commission Watershed GIS maps, stream cleanup grants, & TWG grant partner
United States Geological Survey Sediment sampling equipment, labor for installing creek gauges, training

Please join us in enhancing the Paxton Creek Watershed by joining the Paxton Creek Watershed and Education Association - see Membership page.