EAST NORRITON ¬— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyand the Philadelphia Water Department, a partner of the Schuylkill Action Network, recently recognized East Norriton Middle School for its efforts to protect the Schuylkill River. The school was among six recipients of the 2013 Schuylkill Action Network Awards.
    The Schuylkill Action Network identified schools as the largest landowners along streams that are at risk for stormwater pollution and engaged them in developing solutions.

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    East Norriton Middle School, which sits within a tenth of a mile from Stoney Creek, was honored for its efforts to improve campus sustainability through this program. With help from the Montgomery County Conservation District, the middle school has installed a meadow, stabilized an eroded stream bank, and will further improve the stream’s health by creating a forested buffer. The middle school also has plans to install a large rain garden and naturalize a stormwater detention basin on the campus.
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    “East Norriton Middle School is helping to keep the Schuylkill water healthy and is demonstrating to its students that we can all make a difference,” said Tom Davidock, Schuylkill Action Network Coordinator.

    The Schuylkill Action Network was formed in 2003 to create a team approach to cleaning up and protecting the Schuylkill River and its tributaries. In addition to the U.S. EPA and Philadelphia Water Department, members include the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental, Delaware River Basin Commission, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, conservation districts, and other government and non-governmental organizations. For more information on the Schuylkill Action Network, visit www.schuylkillwaters.org. For more information on safe drinking water, visit www.epa.gov/safewater.
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    ENMS student Michael Knowby also addressed the crowd. He spoke about his adventure of following the stream from his home near the North Wales Road park to find it brought him to this location at ENMS, the exact spot where the site work was completed.