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From left: Clarks Summit Shade Tree Committee member Sallie Mahady, chair Donna Zagrapan and Susan Turcmanovich of Pennsylvania American Water.

A watershed reforestation project in Clarks Summit received a $2,500 grant from Pennsylvania American Water.

With the funding, the Clarks Summit Shade Tree Commission plans to plant trees and shrubs the junction of Summit Lake and Leggetts creeks, thereby improving the community's water resources and watershed.

The group also plans to conduct stream-bed cleanup to prevent flash flooding a along Summit Lane Creek, as well as host an educational forum with other project partners, including the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Bureau of Forestry, Penn State Cooperative Extension's Urban Forestry and borough officials.

The Clarks Summit project is one of seven watershed initiatives across the state have earned financial support through the company's 2011 environmental grant program, which is in its seventh year.

In Pennsylvania, a panel of judges selected this year's winners from approximately 50 grant applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability.