April 21, 2024 Leigh Martinez

Erie Environmental Groups Collaborate on “All Flows Lead to Lake Erie” Stormwater Series

A dozen nonprofit, agency, and municipal environmental experts team up this year to tackle the greatest threat to our Lake Erie Watershed: stormwater runoff.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024, Erie, PA — Erie regional nonprofits, municipalities, and agencies team up to offer an event series focused on what Lake Erie Watershed communities can do to reduce stormwater pollution. Events this spring and summer will highlight what elected officials and leaders, property owners, and households can do to protect Lake Erie - through action and education. 

“During spring, heavy rainfall and snowmelt occur, which causes water to flow down roads and driveways,” said Jenny Tompkins, PennFuture’s Erie Campaign Manager. “This water carries many pollutants such as litter, plastics, pesticides, fertilizers, sediment, and other harmful materials. All of this polluted water eventually ends up in Lake Erie without any prior treatment.”

The series begins with an April 25th discussion with Erica Gies, award-winning science journalist and author of Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge, hosted by PennFuture in collaboration with Pressed Books + Coffee + Gifts. The event will focus on global water innovators who work with water and nature to address stormwater challenges and restore water quality and quantity. Register for the event here

Organizations involved in the series include: 

  • Asbury Woods
  • Benedictines for Peace
  • The City of Erie and its Environmental Advisory Council
  • The Erie County Conservation District
  • Groundwork Erie
  • The Inner-City Neighborhood Art House
  • Millcreek Township
  • Our Water, Our Air, Our Rights
  • The Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association
  • Pennsylvania Sea Grant
  • Penn State Extension

The entire event schedule can be found online here. The webpage will be updated regularly as additional information, including links to host websites for registration, becomes available for later events.