DEP awards grant to county planning department

The Elk County Planning Department was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] to host a rain barrel workshop.“I was notified yesterday [Tuesday] from DEP,” said Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator. “It's not a whole lot of money, but there is not a lot of grant money out there right now, so it was nice to know we got that award." Foster said the workshop is in conjunction with the storm water management plan.“I wanted to come up with a way to let the general public know that storm water management is not this big bad thing that is going to cost them thousands of dollars. I thought a rain barrel program would be helpful to get the residents to come to a workshop." Foster is uncertain whether the rain barrels will be given to the general public free of charge.“I haven't decided yet if we were going to give them free rain barrels or if we are going to charge a small fee for them because they are quite expensive,” Foster said.According to Foster, the cost of the rain barrels can range from $60-$150.