Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds Groups and Other Organizations (C-SAW Program)
The Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW) is a team of specialists who provide eligible watershed groups, environmental groups, or local grassroots project sponsors Program Management and Scientific Technical Assistance through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (PADEP) Growing Greener Program. The service is at no cost to eligible groups. At present there are eight partners that are members of the C-SAW Program.
The C-SAW program is operated by the Pocono-Northeast RC&D. The Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development Council (RC&D) is a publicly supported nonprofit (IRS-501c3) organization serving ten counties in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. The goal for C-SAW is to transfer knowledge and skills to watershed groups or local sponsors thereby helping to build their capacity to plan and conduct watershed assessments, and conduct post-implementation monitoring. C-SAW can provide:
C-SAW can also provide watershed organizations with assistance in watershed assessments and science related to:
In addition, C-SAW can point eligible organizations to assistance provided by other technical experts or service providers through Growing Greener. C-SAW is not designed to conduct monitoring or assessments for watershed organizations. Rather, C-SAW hopes to help watershed organizations do a better job in their own monitoring and assessment.
Who is eligible? - Parties who are eligible to apply for Growing Greener Grants are eligible to receive assistance through C-SAW. Those parties include:
In addition, the project must be one that addresses non-point sources of pollution, mining restoration, or oil and gas well plugging.
Prior to joining the C-SAW Program, Wilkes University was involved in a number of watershed and environmental monitoring, educational, and research partnerships and actively involved in developing web-based educational materials. The following are the main online resources provided by Wilkes University through the Center for Environmental Quality.
Get Trained: Field Training and Workshops in Earth Sciences
Water Research Center
...In Drinking Water