HNN Staff
Ohio River  Third Street
Ohio River Third Street

The West Virginia Stream Partners Program is accepting
grant applications from community groups interested in
improving local stream health.


More than $70,000 is available this year through West
Virginia’s Stream Partners Program. Community-based
watershed associations wishing to implement a watershed
improvement project may apply for up to $5,000. The
deadline to apply for grants is April 15, 2011.

According to Stream Partners Program Coordinator Jennifer
Pauer, volunteers have used funding in the past for
everything from creating fish habitat by planting trees
along stream banks, to developing trout in classroom
programs at local schools.

“Watershed associations manage to make a big difference in
their communities with their Stream Partners funds,” Pauer
said. “The money and expertise that the program provides
help serve as a catalyst for volunteers to become a part of
the solution and make a difference in local water quality.”

Pauer said the Stream Partners Program is a unique multi-
agency program that provides technical resources to
watershed associations. The partner agencies are West
Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection, Division
of Forestry, Division of Natural Resources and the West
Virginia Conservation Agency.

“If any group or citizen would like to get involved in
watershed protection, Stream Partners also offers
assistance through four regional basin coordinators,” Pauer
said. “Basin coordinators have the expertise to assist
citizens with watershed planning, project development,
grant writing, partnership building and community
education.”

For more information on the Stream Partners Program call
(800) 654-5227 or e-mail Pauer at Jennifer.Pauer@wv.gov.
For online application questions, grant cover sheet and
grant writing tips visit http://www.wvca.us/stream.cfm.