Once an industrial wasteland, our History Wetlands now serve as home to a growing number of plants and animals. Over 10,000 native wetlands plants have been planted, providing a habitat for many insect and bird species including wood ducks, geese, and killdeer. Beaver, fox, deer, and other animals have also been spotted in the wetlands. Ten bat boxes complement the landscape of our wetlands in anticipation of attracting native bats to the area.
AMD&ART co-designed the History Wetlands with the Pittsburgh office of the Wildlife Habitat Council, working to create a habitat-rich area that would become an asset to local sciences classes, birdwatchers, and many other visitors. We were honored to be designated a Five Star Restoration Site by the Wildlife Habitat Council in 2001.
Funding for this part of the Vintondale AMD&ART Remediation System came from the funding sources noted in the documents below.
- Five Star Wildlife Habitat Council Restoration Challenge Grant, 2001 PDF | Word
This grant made it possible to go from basic wetlands to rich habitat — and the money was nowhere near as valuable as their assistance in design for the whole wetlands.
- EPA Environmental Education Grant, 2002 PDF | Word
Early recognition by EPA that we might have a good idea with serious educational content. To be honest, we never did get a good education program working at AMD&ART: we needed a real educator, not a science-type, and never found one.
Disclaimer from EPA: EPA contracted with AMD&ART to provide the public with information on how to successfully leverage funds from a variety of organizations (i.e., private foundations, Federal agencies) for projects that promote environmental protection. This information includes examples of successful competitive applications and work plans that AMD&ART submitted to EPA for funding under the EPA Environmental Education Grant in 2002. PLEASE NOTE THAT EPA'S POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND SELECTION CRITERIA FOR COMPETITIVE ASSISTANCE AGREEMENTS HAVE CHANGED SUBSTANTIALLY SINCE AMD&ART SUBMITTED ITS SUCCESSFUL GRANT PROPOSAL. While reviewing AMD&ART grant proposals and work plans may provide you with useful information, please be aware that the Agency carefully evaluates each application and work plan on its own merits. There is no guarantee that your organization's proposal will be successful if it is modeled on AMD&ART's applications and work plans. Also, please be aware that EPA cannot endorse or otherwise assist your organization's efforts to obtain funds from private foundations, state, tribal or local government, and other Federal agencies. For EPA grant policies, regulations and guidance (as of February 2006) please visit www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/regulations.htm.
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