Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance and Bucknell Students Create New Website | News


SHAMOKIN – The Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance has partnered with students from Bucknell University to redesign the organization’s website for the first time in 20 years.

Students are part of the University’s Markets, Innovation, and Design (MIDE 300) class at Bucknell University’s Freeman College of Management. In the fall of 2021, the students got down to a complete overhaul of the SCRA website, which had not been updated in nearly 20 years. Also, in unrelated news, SCRA received a $10,000 cash grant from the Williams Energy Company.

“Many collaborations between Bucknell University and the Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance (SCRA) have proven beneficial to the organization and continue to strengthen its relationships with communities in the Shamokin Creek watershed,” said Stephen Motyka, vice-president. president and director of the SCRA. “Since 1996, SCRA has worked to educate local residents about the effects of acid mine drainage (AMD) on our watershed and to improve water quality in Shamokin Creek. Studies have shown that A cleaner Shamokin Creek will result in economic and social benefits and a better quality of life for residents of the watershed.Through their collaborations with Bucknell, SCRA hopes to grow its membership and promote community involvement in Sunbury.

Through this collaborative effort, SCRA is pleased to unveil its new website at The revamped site includes several new features, such as: online membership applications, donation options, completed and ongoing project profile data, access to academic resources, and FAQs that explain how donations are used and how the public can get involved in the organization. SCRA has collaborated with four Bucknell classes over the past year. Each of the searches for these classes can be found on the new website, Motyka said.

The old SCRA website, originally designed with support from Carl Kirby, then a professor of geology at Bucknell, was taken down in hopes that an online membership application and payment system might appeal to a wider audience and attract more members to the group. However, the website also offers the option of filling out and printing a paper membership form and submitting payment by mail for those who prefer this method, Motyka said.

Along with the website redesign, a separate Bucknell Graphic Design class worked with SCRA to create a new logo. A total of 12 designs were submitted for consideration and SCRA recently narrowed the choices down to a Top 4. SCRA hopes the public will help choose a winning logo once final design revisions have been made. Links to vote on the winning design will be posted on the group’s website and Facebook page in the near future, Motyka said.

These collaborations are part of Bucknell University’s Coal Region Field Station, established in 2015 and managed by the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, to connect university faculty, students and staff with local organizations on community-identified projects related to revitalization, local histories and heritage. , and future directions. SCRA looks forward to continued partnerships with regional universities as we work together to improve the Shamokin Creek watershed.

In late February, SCRA applied to the Williams Energy Co. grant program requesting funds to cover general operating costs in 2022.

“The $10,000 grant is particularly beneficial as it allows us to cover operating costs and can be used as cash consideration for future projects and grant applications,” Motyka said. “Thanks to Williams Energy Co., 2022 is off to a great start. We have many plans planned for this year and beyond and we can’t wait to share those details.”


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