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Grants awarded to area watershed associations

August 30, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Twenty-two volunteer watershed associations across the state, including four concerned with area streams, will receive up to $5,000 in grant money to use in their local water quality improvement efforts in the coming year, West Virginia Stream Partners Program officials announced.

Stephanie R. Timmermeyer, cabinet secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, along with directors of the West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Forestry, and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources have awarded grants to - Cacapon and Lost River Land Trust for the Lost & Cacapon rivers, which travel through Hardy, Hampshire and Morgan counties.

The Opequon Creek Watershed Association, Rocky Marsh Run Network and Sleepy Creek Watershed Association also were awarded grants for Eastern Panhandle streams and the Potomac River, officials announced.

The organizations can begin work covered by the grants Sept. 1. For more information on the watershed projects funded by the Stream Partners Program or watershed association activities, individuals may call 800-654-5227. Information also is available at www.wvca.us/stream.

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