Weekly update.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary James M. Seif allocated more than $30,000 to nonprofit organizations for Geographic Information System (GIS) software. The grants are awarded quarterly under a cooperative agreement between DEP and the Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. (ESRI) to support the organizations’ environmental and educational missions. Each grant includes the latest commercial release of ArcView GIS software and several texts on using GIS for environmental applications and land-use planning.

The grant recipients listed by county are:

  • Allegheny – Pennsylvania Economy League, Pittsburgh;

  • Beaver – Independence Marsh Foundation Inc., Aliquippa;

  • Berks – Berks County Conservancy, Wyomissing;

  • Butler – Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition, Cranberry Township;

  • Cumberland – Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps, Capital Region, Mechanicsburg;

  • Dauphin – The Manada Conservancy, Hummelstown; South Central Assembly for Effective Governance, Middletown;

  • Philadelphia – 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and

  • Washington – Pike Run Watershed Association, California.