The Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW)

The Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW) is a team of specialists who provide eligible watershed groups, environmental groups, or local grassroots project sponsors Program Management and Scientific Technical Assistance through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PADEP) Growing Greener Program. The service is at no cost to eligible groups.   At present there are nine partners that are members of the C-SAW Program.  In addition to Wilkes University, the other partners are: Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring at Dickinson College, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, Stroud Water Research Center, Pennsylvania RC&D, and United States Geological Survey . The C-SAW program is operated by the Pocono-Northeast RC&D.  The goal for C-SAW is to transfer knowledge and skills to watershed groups or local sponsors thereby helping to build their capacity to plan and conduct watershed assessments, and conduct post-implementation monitoring. C-SAW can provide:

  • Specialists who can help identify solutions and assist your group in the development of monitoring programs, restoration projects, and plans for protection.
  • Training or conducting assessments and developing restoration projects and protection plans.

In addition, C-SAW can point eligible organizations to assistance provided by other technical experts or service providers through Growing Greener.   C-SAW is not designed to conduct monitoring or assessments for watershed organizations. Rather, C-SAW hopes to help watershed organizations do a better job in their own monitoring and assessment.

Who is eligible? – Parties who are eligible to apply for Growing Greener Grants are eligible to receive assistance through C-SAW. Those parties include:

  • Incorporated watershed organizations recognized by PADEP and established to promote local watershed conservation efforts
  • Counties, municipalities, and their subdivisions
  • County Conservation Districts
  • Charitable organizations or educational institutions involved in research, restoration, rehabilitation, planning, acquisition, development or other activities that further the protection, enhancement, conservation, and preservation of Pennsylvania’s environmental resources.

In addition, the project must be one that addresses non-point sources of pollution, mining restoration, or oil and gas well plugging.


C-SAW assistance is available at NO COST to eligible groups.

More Information – If you would like more information about the program, please call (1-877-610-6603) or send an email to SEPA RC&D.   You can download the assistance request form by clicking this link – Download (pdf file)


Visit the Main C-SAW Partners Website