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PA Sea Grant enters second year



Excerpted from the Pennsylvania DEP - UPDATE Newsletter (3/5/99)

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PA SEA GRANT ENTERS SECOND YEAR

Pennsylvania Sea Grant, promoting efforts to understand and manage
environmental
and economic issues related to the Lake Erie watershed of Pennsylvania, is
entering its second year.  On March 1, 1998, Penn State Erie, The Behrend
College, received three years of funding to establish and direct the
project.
The project's first-year activities were divided into four categories:
environmental quality extension; coastal tourism extension; communications
and
education.

By virtue of 43 miles of coastline on Lake Erie, Pennsylvania has access to
one
of the world's greatest natural resources and is fortunate to have the
opportunity to participate as a member of the Great Lakes Basin community.
The
Commonwealth has greatly increased its role in the Great Lakes over the last
decade, culminating in Gov. Tom Ridge's creation of the Office of the Great
Lakes within DEP in 1995. This participation has promoted not only the
environmental objectives of the Commonwealth, but also those of the overall
basin.

In the first year, the project's extension efforts included establishing
watch
programs for mayflies and round gobies and, participating in several
community
initiatives, including the Presque Isle Partnership and the P3ERIE pollution
prevention initiative.  Communication activities included establishing a
quarterly newsletter called Keystone Shorelines, and a home page on the
World
Wide Web.  Educational activities focused on the development of a watershed
curriculum for regional school districts.

<> For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Sea Grant website at
http://www.pserie.psu.edu/seagrant/seagindex.htm.  Or, contact Steve Curcio,
Coastal Tourist & Communications specialist at 814 898-6420.