HARRISBURG – Four counties in the 23rd Senatorial District will receive more than $1 million under Pennsylvania’s Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection (Growing Greener) Grant Program, Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Grant Program and the federal Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program, according to State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23).
Yaw announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved $1,022,365 for watershed protection projects intended to improve watersheds, stormwater runoff, acid mine drainage and educational programs, among other environmental efforts throughout his Senate District.
“It’s gratifying to see this funding targeted for areas in the Northern Tier,” Yaw said. “Addressing abandoned mine drainage and severe erosion and deposition problems contributable to flooding will certainly protect our watersheds from further impairment. Some of these projects will utilize natural stream restoration techniques to improve the overall quality of the stream and stabilize existing stream banks.”
In this latest round of funding, 106 organizations throughout the state were awarded grants. Grants in Yaw’s District include:
- Wysox Creek Watershed Association, Bullard Creek, $244,720 (Growing Greener)
- Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Lewis passive treatment system, $96,914 (Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation)
- Susquehanna County Conservation District, DuBois Creek, $205,000 (Growing Greener)
- Susquehanna County Conservation District, Susquehanna River Basin, $122,187 (Growing Greener)
- Union County Conservation District, Buffalo Creek, $180,404 (EPA 319)
- Union County Conservation District, Union County waterways, $173,140 (Growing Greener)
In this latest grant round, 169 eligible applicants requested about $38.8 million. Applications came from counties, authorities and other municipalities; county conservation districts; councils of governments; watershed organizations that promote local watershed conservation efforts; and other authorized organizations involved in restoring and protecting the environment.
Contact: Rita Zielonis