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DEP Recognizes Two Luzerne County Organizations


Two Luzerne County organizations earned recognition from the Department of Environmental Protection for their work.


The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority, in Hanover Twp., and Earth Conservancy, in Ashley, earned the 2018 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence from DEP. They were among the 23 organizations that received the awards.


The Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Steward Program also received recognition. The program trains citizen volunteers to partner with local and state governments and organizations on water conservation projects. The program operates in several counties, including Luzerne County.


The WVSA earned recognition for its regional stormwater management plan and municipal separate storm and sewer system permit compliance program. The effort organizes 31 municipalities to collectively improve their storm and sewer infrastructure to meet standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The municipalities will save $200 million over the next 20 years while ensuring the long-term sustainability of their stormwater systems, the DEP press release said.


Earth Conservancy was honored for its acid mine drainage treatment system and an educational exhibit explaining the work at the Askam Borehole. The system treats polluted mine water before it flows into Nanticoke Creek. A walking path and signs teach students about the region’s mining history and the science behind the treatment.


“Both projects by the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority and the Earth Conservancy have spurred economic growth in our region, while also ensuring our environment is protected,” said state Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, Plymouth Twp., in a press release.


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