Antietam Watershed Association

Our mission is to promote conservation of the natural resources of the Antietam Creek Watershed by involving the community in watershed protection through conservation projects, land use planning, and educational programs.

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Accomplishments

2009 to 2017

Hess Benedict Road before and after AWA tree planting event.

 

We love looking back at our progress!

AWA was established as a 501 C 3 tax exempt non- profit organization in 2002. 

Significant relationships with local government, particularly Washington township where AWA is now a line item in the town budget. 

Established

AWA local office established at 32 W Main Street, Waynesboro PA. 

Permanent

Creating new partnerships with local organizations like Renfrew Institute, local farms and municipalities and created a connection with Waynesboro School District. 

Building up

Built a highly visible rain garden at the local farmers market, Paul's Market, to filter the runoff from the parking lot and part of the roadway. 

Rain Garden

Accomplished significant riparian planting projects at farms and two large landholders along the Antietam Creek in PA. 

Planting over 5,000 trees. 

Accomplished

Conducted an assessment of the East Branch Antietam Creek, resulting in recommendations to preserve and correct problems in the watershed. 

Assessment

Established and currently maintaining a scientifically rigorous stream monitoring program, in partnership with the Renfrew Institute, to gather data and use as an educational resource for the community.

Maintain

Proceeded with plans for a major project of preservation and educational value on WASD property, an outcome of the East Branch assessment.

Preservation

Adopted a State Forest road - Rattlesnake Road- and maintain an active cleanup of this road throughout the year and a yearly cleanup project. 

Adopted

Participated annually in community outreach events including the Appalachian
Trail Community Festival in June, Waynesboro’s Market Day in October, Renfrew
Institute’s Earth Celebration Day in April and the Blue Ridge Summit Library Ice
Cream Social in July.

Outreach

Designed and published a brochure for general education on riparian planting in the PA watershed. Established a website, designed and published a brochure about us, AWA and created a display board for use at the public events. 

Design

In 2014 President Carl Grove built a Pinball Game that is used to demonstrate ways of keeping
pollution from entering waterways. It is used at these events.

Pinball Wizard

Developed and distributed over 500 pamphlets on the importance of turning in
unused or outdated over the counter and prescription drugs instead of flushing
them or throwing them in the trash. Drugs can be turned in at the Waynesboro
Police Station Lobby or some pharmacies.

Community

With the bat population in danger, AWA is excited to show off our new project building and setting up bat boxes in Antietam Meadows park. 

Bats

With the generous support of community business we held two Duck Derbies to
raise operational funds.

Duck Derbies

Applied for and received grants for over $200,000. The grants were used
for stream restoration projects, educational materials and a contract with
RETTEW, Inc. to complete a study of the entire West Branch of the Antietam that
reported conditions and made recommendations to correct deficiencies.

Striving