Over a hundred students gathered at the Grotto on Sunday night to reflect on the recent sexual assaults reported on campus. During the service, student body president Alex Coccia and vice president Nancy Joyce stressed the centrality of human dignity. Recognizing the proximity of the recent sexual assault, Coccia said it is important to remember that the incident was neither anonymous nor distant. “We’re not hearing about faceless individuals. We’re hearing about our dear friends,” Coccia said. Coccia focused on the importance of nurturing strong student relationships in the face of such events. “The question becomes: how are we viewing each other? If we approach each other with the utmost of dignity, then we will take greater care of our relationships and the dignity inherent in them,” he said. As a group of people directly affected by personal violations, Notre Dame’s students are left with a responsibility to act, Coccia said. “We have allowed ourselves to reduce this painful incident to an email that can be erased with the click of delete button,” he said. “We offer these prayers for healing in our Notre Dame family, and as a family we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.” Vice president Nancy Joyce echoed this point of responsibility in her address. “Only we have the power to change the current conversation and culture around sexual assault,” Joyce said. “As a student body, we are renewing our commitment to hold ourselves to a higher standard.” Students can do a number of specific things to maintain a higher standard of behavior on campus, Joyce said. “Continue to pray for healing of all those affected by sexual assaults. Think twice about email alerts. Challenge ourselves not to become desensitized by these issues,” she said. Joyce said that the response to tragic incidents such as sexual assault should not end with the prayer service last night. She said students should take part in a conversation about how we handle our interactions with each other. “In dorm common rooms, in the dining halls, on the quad – we must challenge ourselves to make this a conversation that can lead to a change in how we think and act regarding sexual assault,” Joyce said. Ultimately, Joyce promoted taking personal initiative in order to cultivate change. “I think that this is a change that has to come from us – not from OCS or student government alone,” she said. “We have to figure out how we hold ourselves to a higher standard while still enjoying life as college students.” Father Pete McCormick, who presided over the prayer service, said he saw this as a time to pray to God for healing instead of pointing fingers or casting judgment. Father McCormick said he recognizes three tangible ways in which students can revitalize our community’s approach to our interactions in all areas and recognize the utmost importance of human dignity. “First, when we look at people, [we should] see the dignity in each other as individuals, not as a means to personal edification, look upon each other in reverence in awe,” McCormick said. After asserting the eminence of human dignity, Father McCormick asked Notre Dame students to consider their priorities. “Do we make time for prayer? Do we seek after some of the more worldly things? Do we speak out when we know that we should?” he said. Father McCormick said that as members of the Notre Dame family, we are all here for the same basic reason. “All of us have come to this place because we have a desire to be known and to be inspired to be something more,” McCormick said. Father McCormick said that the solution to this problem lies in our hands, with prayer as a vital element. “Here we are presented with an opportunity to take ownership,” he said. “Use this prayer as a driving force that leads and brings about change.” McCormick said.
Multiple Counties· Armstrong Conservation District, Excitation emission matrix analysis water quality testing in Armstrong and Indiana Counties, $7,839· Cooks Creek Watershed Association, Watershed Implementation Plan, $39,080· Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council, Agricultural best management practices on nine farms, $181,352· Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, CREP Outreach Program Office, $382,355· Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, Lake best management practices phase 3, $103,068· Stroud Water Research Center, Healthy Soils, Healthy Streams training and technical assistance, $336,630· Trout Unlimited, Nonpoint Source Technical Assistance Program, $191,300· Villanova University, Impact of nutrient and fine sediment accumulation and distribution on stormwater rain garden performance study, $244,937· Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Quick Response 8: Timely repair projects to prevent environmental degradation or costly repairs, $100,000· Wildlands Conservancy, Implementing high priority stream restoration in the Lehigh Watershed, $138,039 Environment, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 106 projects to clean up local waters statewide, benefiting hundreds of communities, have been selected to receive funding through the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Growing Greener program.“These grant projects represent important opportunities for citizen and community engagement in local water cleanup around the commonwealth. The vitally important roster of local governments and nonprofit organizations who willingly tackle them is a great representation of our spirit of partnership,” said Governor Wolf. “Their efforts are invaluable investments in our public health, the vitality of our communities, and the quality of our environment in Pennsylvania.”Growing Greener grants will go to 106 projects. Fifty-one are in Pennsylvania’s part (43 counties) of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, reflecting part of the ramped-up state and federal funding commitment to Pennsylvania’s federal mandate to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment pollution in the watershed.Fifty-five Growing Greener projects are in the 24 counties beyond the watershed. Together, all projects will receive just over $20.7 million.“There’s no magic wand to wave to clean up all of Pennsylvania’s streams and rivers at once. Reducing acid mine drainage, nutrients, sediment, and other pollutants requires countless strategic, collaborative community efforts at the creek, river, lake, and watershed levels. Achieving a collective impact is the essential role Growing Greener projects play,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.The Growing Greener grant program–the largest single investment of state funds to address Pennsylvania’s environmental challenges–is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees. Since it was launched in 1999, the Growing Greener program has provided more than $296 million to environmental projects statewide.GRANT AWARDS BY COUNTY:Allegheny· Allegheny County Parks Foundation, Pinkertons Run acid mine drainage treatment and streambank stabilization, $318,672· Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Larimer/East Liberty Park green infrastructure, $60,000· Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Deer Creek stream restoration, $38,642Armstrong· Armstrong County Conservation District, Pine Run stream restoration, $59,889; Agricultural best management practices to reduce sediment and nutrient loads to Spra Run, $110,096· Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Buffalo Creek stream restoration, $73,995Berks · Berks County Conservation District, County agricultural best management practices implementation, $231,486Bucks· Bucks County Conservation District, Dimple Creek Watershed water chestnut management project, $95,385· Carversville Farm Foundation, Carversville farm stream restoration, $60,904· Middletown Township, Sediment reduction initiative to retrofit five stormwater basins, $175,000· Warrington Township, Naturalizing the detention basin at Folly and Pickertown Roads, $16,515Butler· Stream Restoration Incorporated, Slippery Rock Stream bioengineering, $125,450Carbon· Carbon County Conservation District, Nesquehoning Creek stabilization phase 3, $215,000Chester· Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, Plum Run Watershed Renaissance Initiative, $150,000· Kennett Area Park Authority, Red Clay/Nixon Park stream restoration, $77,500· New Garden Township, Bucktoe Creek stream restoration, $36,000· Open Land Conservancy of Chester County, Design and installation of stormwater best management practice in Airdrie Preserve, $52,360· Uwchlan Township, Ludwig’s Run stormwater basins retrofit, $90,775· Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Wilson Run stream restoration, $130,812Crawford· Crawford County Conservation District, Agricultural Best Management Practice Cost Share Program, $263,343; Little Sugar Creek streambank stabilization, $79,368Delaware · Borough of Media, Bioretention and infiltration best management practices, $163,050Erie · Environment Erie, Begin ANEW stormwater education and management, $55,556; Service Learning Projects, $36,650Greene · Greene County Conservation District, Browns Creek stabilization/best management practice implementation, $207,484Indiana · Indiana County Conservation District, McKee Run streambank stabilization, $20,494· Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Ross Run restoration phase 2, $52,193Jefferson · Jefferson County Conservation District, Pine Run agricultural best management practices implementation, $486,580Mercer· Mercer County Conservation District, Elder Run streambank stabilization, $40,247; Sandy Creek Watershed conservation project, $209,000Montgomery · Borough of Ambler, Growing Ambler Greener 2017-2020, $206,100· Upper Dublin Township, Rose Valley Creek Willowmere Study, $18,991· Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, Thompson Dam alternatives analysis, $44,000· Worcester Township, Defford/Clyston Roads retrofit basin, $42,804Northampton· Northampton County, Monocacy Creek restoration at Archibald Johnston Conservation Area, $80,000Philadelphia· City of Philadelphia, Philly Tree Canopy (Renew Philly Trees), $250,000Venango· Scrubgrass Creek Watershed Association, Restoration of Upper Scrubgrass Creek phase 2, $147,418Warren· Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Brokenstraw Watershed improvement phase 2, $96,072Washington· Washington County Conservation District, Covered Bridge Meadow agricultural best management practices, $36,683Wayne· Equinunk Watershed Alliance, Equinunk Area Watershed Management Plan, $50,000· Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, Stormwater structure installation at Deerfield Lake, $123,910Westmoreland · Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Route 31 green infrastructure urban stormwater best management practices, $350,000· Sewickley Creek Watershed Association, Lowber treatment system iron sludge management, $171,725· Westmoreland County Conservation District, Murrysville stormwater basin retrofits, $64,620; Vandergrift CBD stormwater management phase 2, $5,000 Governor Wolf Approves 106 Local Water Clean Up Projects Statewide Multiple Counties or Regions· Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Prioritizing forested buffer investments, $629,557· Columbia County Conservation District, Multicounty soil health project, $409,465· Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council, Applied agroforestry education, $46,200· National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Pennsylvania-NFWF Agricultural Conservation Collaborative, $550,000· Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, Focused sediment reduction in Chesapeake Bay, $425,000· Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, TreeVitalize XIII, $100,000Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Conservation Easement Incentive Project, $379,000; Juniata best management practices implementation/technical assistance, $194,770For more information on DEP or the Growing Greener Program, visit www.dep.pa.gov. December 07, 2017 Pennsylvania Counties in the Chesapeake Bay WatershedBedford· Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Bobs Creek erosion/sediment reduction, $46,572Berks · Berks County Conservation District, Creekside Stables erosion best management practices, $50,033; Dennis Bross Farm best management practices, $306,551Blair· The Trust for Tomorrow, Freedom Township stream restoration project, $57,801Bradford · Bradford County Commissioners, Bradford County sediment and nutrient reduction initiative, $220,000· Sugar Creek Watershed Association, Browns Creek stream corridor restoration, $68,000Cambria· Cambria County Conservation District, Glendale Lake shoreline stabilization project phase 5, $167,618; Northern Cambria flood control restoration project phase 2, $29,838Centre· Centre County Conservation District, Reducing pollution loads from Centre County farms, $702,147· Penns Valley Conservation Association, Upper Penns Valley streambank best management practices, $65,911Cumberland· Cumberland County Conservation District, Agricultural best management practices, $289,813Dauphin· Capital Area Greenbelt Association, Paxtang Parkway Watershed restoration and management, $421,200Huntingdon· The Trust for Tomorrow, Brown Farm Stream Restoration Phase 2, $182,866; Peachy and Brown Farms Stream Restoration, $249,194Indiana · Cambria County Conservation District, Cherry Tree flood control restoration phase 2, $70,701Juniata· Juniata County Conservation District, Lost Creek restoration phase 2, $116,028Lackawanna· Throop Borough, Sulphur Creek restoration, $280,000Lancaster· Borough of Ephrata, Ephrata Wastewater Treatment Plant stormwater management improvements, $85,033· City of Lancaster, Long’s Park stormwater mitigation, $500,000Luzerne· Dallas Township, Toby Creek streambank stabilization and stormwater enhancement design, $36,550· Harvey’s Lake Borough, Eradication/control program for Hydrilla in Harvey’s Lake, $208,870· Luzerne County Conservation District, 2016 Agricultural best management practice projects, $318,000; Nescopeck Creek Watershed restoration efforts, $140,000Lycoming· Lycoming County Conservation District, Agricultural and streambank best management practices, $214,984Montour· Montour County Conservation District, Chillisquaque Creek/Limestone Run restoration, $746,713Potter· Potter County Conservation District, Potter County streambank stabilization, $20,050· Trout Unlimited, Kettle Creek nonpoint source sediment reduction, $32,100Schuylkill County· Schuylkill Conservation District, Good Spring Creek floodplain restoration phase 1, $230,000; Swatara Creek floodplain restoration phase 1, $2,991,000Snyder· Snyder County Conservation District, Snook barnyard improvement – lower lot, $163,840Susquehanna· Susquehanna County Conservation District, Countywide spring developments, $71,808; Priority watershed spring developments, $32,651; Meshoppen Watershed barnyards, $38,328; Tunkhannock Creek Watershed barnyards, $170,000; Wyalusing Watershed barnyards, $180,000Tioga· Tioga County Conservation District, Marsh Creek Watershed improvement, $60,389Wyoming · Lake Carey Welfare Association, Nutrient inactivation of phosphorous in Lake Carey, $69,210· Wyoming County Conservation District, Freeman Farm manure and wastewater handling and storage, $134,650York· American Rivers, Inc., Removal of Kehm Dam and wetland and riparian buffer development, $219,632· Hallam Borough, Unnamed tributary to Kreutz Creek stream restoration, $80,000· Jackson Township, Jackson Township Community Park stream restoration, $190,000· Wrightsville Borough, Wrightsville green infrastructure plan, $356,350 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter