Environment Erie

Restoration Success Stories

  • Millcreek rain garden wins governor's award

    Apr 07, 2014

    A rain garden at a Millcreek Township school has landed an Erie environmental organization an award from the governor. Environment Erie was one of 23 organizations involved in 19 projects that will receive the 2014 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

  • Governor Corbett Announces 2014 Environmental Excellence Award Winners

    Apr 02, 2014

    HARRISBURG -- Governor Tom Corbett today announced that 23 organizations involved in 19 environmental projects from across the state will receive the 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

  • St. George School rain garden is teaching tool

    Mar 12, 2014

    Eighth-graders at St. George School helped make the water that drains from the Walnut Creek watershed cleaner by installing an urban rain garden at their school along the 5100 block of Peach Street. By disconnecting a downspout from the storm sewer and diverting it to the new garden, they are collecting water that runs off the roof and allowing it to soak into the ground instead of rushing into nearby Walnut Creek untreated.

  • St. George students helping environment in Millcreek

    Sep 13, 2013

    Along busy Peach Street, partially hidden by pine trees, in a slight dip in the ground between St. George Catholic Church and St. George School, a new rain garden exists.

  • Up and Down a Creek

    Aug 19, 2013

    Environment Erie attracted a big crowd for a free workshop on Aug. 6 about the restoration of Cascade Creek. Pennsylvania Sea Grant and Environment Erie presented the program, which included a walking tour along the creek in Frontier Park.

  • Rain Gardens and Barrels

    Jan 25, 2011

    Storm water runoff is a problem that every city faces. After a strong rain, water has no place to go except down a storm drain and into the nearest steam or lake. But it’s not just water that is flowing into our waterways. Oils and other transportation fluids, salt, sediment, fertilizers and pet waste will all be carried by the runoff and polluting our watershed. But there are ways that we can help prevent this by planting rain gardens and installing rain barrels.

  • Do you know McDannell Run?

    Jan 25, 2011

    McDannell Run is named for a family who had several farmsteads where this small stream crosses East Lake Road. Some histories of Erie County also refer to it as Three Mile Creek, its distance east of Perry Square. Its watershed lies between those of Cemetery Run (on the west) and Four Mile Creek (on the east).

  • Focus on Fourmile Creek

    Jan 25, 2011

    Fourmile Creek is a stream on the east side of the Erie urban area flowing through the municipalities of Greene, Harborcreek, Wesleyville and Lawrence Park (see map). From its headwaters to the mouth, this stream reaches approximately 8 miles in length. Its watershed encompasses 11.93 square miles, including densely developed areas from Route 5 southward to 38th St, then on southward becoming much more rural in character.

  • Fishing: It appears as if the state's first fish ladders will be on Four Mile Creek

    Jan 25, 2011

    Fish and fishermen will have more room to move on Erie's Four Mile Creek once plans to construct Pennsylvania's first salmonid ladders take shape.

  • Fishing: Access for fish on Four Mile Creek

    Jan 25, 2011

    Efforts are underway to open more of Erie's Four Mile Creek to both steelhead and anglers, although removing obstacles to fish may be easier than gaining access for people.