MUNCY – Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) and Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Bradford/Lycoming/Sullivan/Susquehanna/Union) today announced two grants have been awarded to help protect the region’s water supply.
Lycoming County will receive $127,284 to implement Best Management Practices (BMP) to address erosion on the banks of Muncy Creek in the borough of Hughesville and Wolf Township. Gregg Township Municipal Authority will receive $335,000 to replace the existing Brady Township wastewater treatment plant with a new pump station located in the township.
“These grants represent valuable investments in ensuring the health and safety of our residents by protecting our water supply,” Everett said. “Sen. Yaw and I were pleased to work with our local officials to bring this much-needed funding to our communities.”
Yaw agreed. “Protecting our streambanks and ensuring our communities are equipped to properly handle wastewater is good for our citizens and good for our environment. I was happy to support these projects.”
To address erosion along the banks of Muncy Creek, the county plans to remove the existing gravel deposit from the opposite bank, remove two trees and repair existing yard, driveway and access road damage. According to Everett, it is estimated that 4,444 tons of sediment have been lost from the stream bank, and further erosion could damage the adjacent well pump house and contaminate the well that serves as much of the local water supply.
This grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through the Watershed Restoration Protection Program, which is funded by impact fees assessed on drilling in the Marcellus Shale under Act 13 of 2012.
The Gregg Township Municipal Authority, which provides services to portions of Union and Lycoming counties, will use its funding to build a new pump station in Brady Township, including the structure itself, controls, valves, pipe, electrical infrastructure, generator, transfer switch, and associated excavation and installation. The project also includes installation of a manhole, feed pipe and other site work, as well as decommissioning the existing treatment plant.
This grant was awarded by the CFA through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program, which offers grants that can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.