HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) today announced that Loyalsock Township has been awarded a $100,000 state grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Act 13 Watershed Restoration Protection Program (WRPP). The grant was supported by Yaw and approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).
“I am glad to see funding going to support watershed management, particularly in Lycoming County,” said Sen. Yaw, Senate Chair of the Environmental Resources Committee and member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. “I applaud the township for taking a proactive approach to comprehensive watershed protection and restoration.”
The township requested the funding to restore Millers Run stream, along James Short Park. The project will stabilize .15 miles of eroded streambank by removing sediment bars along the stream, and stabilize the streambank with vegetation. Funding will also allow for the installation of a riparian corridor that will improve base flow conditions and manage the velocity of the water. The best management practices are projected to reduce sediment loading by 50,000 lbs per year, which will help meet Chesapeake Bay mandates and reverse stream impairments.
Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the CFA for watershed restoration and protection projects. The overall goal of the WRPP is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Impaired Waters list.
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Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff