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Pennsylvania DEP Awards 106 Grants To Protect, Improve Watersheds In 40 Counties

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it will invest more than $18.7 million in watershed protection projects intended to improve watersheds, stormwater runoff, acid mine drainage and educational programs, among other environmental efforts.

"Protecting the waters of the commonwealth is key to DEP's mission," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "Providing these grants is a major component of continued excellence in water quality."

This year, the Growing Greener program, which is funded by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, will award $13,225,594 for 78 projects around the state. Five additional projects, funded by the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Grant, will receive $1,185,588. Two additional grants, totaling $252,400, are funded by the Acid Mine Drainage Set-aside program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program, which was created through the federal Clean Water Act to help reduce water pollution from nonpoint sources, is funding 21 additional projects, which total $4,062,368.

These projects will reduce nonpoint source pollution in watersheds where streams are impaired by implementing agricultural and stormwater best-management practices; developing, repairing or installing passive systems to treat abandoned mine drainage; and supporting the establishment of riparian buffers, among other objectives.

One of the Growing Greener program's goals to invest in projects that protect watersheds from impairment due to nonpoint source pollution or those that will restore damaged waterways. Some examples of priority areas are restoration activities to reduce pollutant load in impaired watersheds for which total maximum daily loads have been developed; projects in priority watersheds that would reduce the source of impairment; and priority activities that lead to water quality restoration and protection.

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.

For more information about Growing Greener or to see the complete list of grant recipients, email GrowingGreener@pa.gov; call 717-705-4500; or visit DEP's website at www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Growing Greener.

Media contact: Amanda Witman, 717-787-1323

Editor's note: The 106 organizations that were awarded grants are listed below, alphabetically by county, with the project location and funding amount.

Adams Adams County Conservation District, Beaverdam Creek Watershed, $31,500

Allegheny Borough of Jefferson Hills, Peters Creek, $145,500 Etna Borough, Etna Borough green streetscape, $44,500Peters Creek Watershed Association Inc., Peters Creek Watershed, $15,771 Peters Creek Watershed Association Inc., Sleepy Hollow Run, $11,275

Armstrong Armstrong Conservation District, agricultural best-management practices, $147,764Armstrong Conservation District, Carnahan Run, $96,926Armstrong Conservation District, Redbank Creek, $174,964Armstrong Conservation District, Watson and Hill Run, $17,000

Bedford Broad Top Township, Sandy Run, $42,500 Broad Top Township, Six Mile Run, $289,950

Berks Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Inc., Maiden Creek and Tulpehocken Watersheds, $23,885

BlairThe Trust for Tomorrow, Poplar Run and Frankstown Branch, $272,600

BradfordWysox Creek Watershed Association, Bullard Creek, $244,720

Cambria Cambria County Conservation District, Glendale Lake, $16,580Cambria County Conservation District, West Branch Susquehanna River, $65,512 Cambria Township, Howell's Run, $134,680Clearfield Creek Watershed Association, Laurel Run, $535,733

CameronBucktail Watershed Association, Sinnemahoning Creek, $14,485

Centre Centre County Conservation District, develop manure management plan, $89,250ClearWater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania Inc., Halfmoon Creek, $185,000Penns Valley Conservation Association, Elk Creek, $94,708Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, Halfmoon Creek, $60,427

ChesterBrandywine Conservancy Inc., Brandywine and Chesapeake Watersheds, $207,966Brandywine Valley Association Inc., Little Buck Run, $56,500Chester County Conservation District, Brandywine Creek, $102,863Green Valleys Association of Southeastern PA Inc., Valley Creek Watershed, $200,000

ClintonSusquehanna River Basin Commission, Birch Island Run, $403,437Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Sandy Run, $148,104

DauphinDauphin County Conservation District, Little Wiconisco Watershed, $210,179

Delaware Haverford Township, Darby Creek, $46,750 Villanova University, Villanova University stormwater management, $178,000 Villanova University, Villanova University stormwater management, $126,745

Fayette Mountain Watershed Association Inc., Glade Run Watershed, $32,915Mountain Watershed Association Inc., Marsolino-Leighty acid mine drainage, $186,888Mountain Watershed Association Inc., Morgan and Glade Run, $47,943

Greene Stream Restoration Incorporated, Whiteley Creek, $99,983

Huntingdon Huntingdon County Conservation District, Hartman Run, $43,000Huntingdon County Conservation District, Huntingdon County impaired streams, $706,005

Indiana Blackleggs Creek Watershed Association, Blackleggs Creek, $32,476Indiana County Conservation District, Plum Creek, $410,272

Lackawanna Lackawanna County Conservation District, Elm Brook, $126,217

Lancaster City of Lancaster, Lancaster City green infrastructure, $379,457Cocalico Creek Watershed Association, Little Cocalico Creek, $30,000Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County, Chesapeake Bay Watershed, $12,387Donegal Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Conowingo Creek, $216,200Save Speedwell, Speedwell Forge Lake, $432,509Stroud Water Research Center Inc., Lancaster County impaired streams, $369,245

Lawrence Lawrence County Conservation District, Sugar and Honey Creek Watersheds, $733,245

Lebanon Jonestown Borough, Jonestown Borough stormwater management, $99,271

Lehigh Salisbury Township, Salisbury Township stormwater basin, $15,106Wildlands Conservancy Inc., Little Lehigh Creek Watershed, $331,565

Luzerne Earth Conservancy, Bliss Bank, $46,750Luzerne County Conservation District, Luzerne County waterways, $397,778Pennsylvania Environmental Council Inc., Nanticoke, $11,999 Weatherly Borough, Hazle Creek, $10,500

McKean McKean County Conservation District, Lillibridge Creek and Rock Run, $280,155

Mifflin Mifflin County Conservation District, Hungry Run Stream, $151,147

Montgomery Hatfield Township, Hatfield Township stormwater basin, $41,750 Upper Gwynedd Township, Skippack Creek Watershed, $150,000

Northampton Bethlehem City, Stefko Boulevard Swale, $203,000

Northumberland Northumberland County Conservation District, Schwaben Creek and Hallowing Run, $356,000

Perry Marysville Borough, Marysville Borough stormwater management, $18,100

PotterPotter County Conservation District, Sinnemahoning and Pine Creek Watersheds, $99,000

Schuylkill Schuylkill County Conservation District, Good Spring Creek, $151,022Schuylkill Conservation District, Oak Hill Borehole and West Creek, $129,904Schuylkill Headwaters Association Inc., Schuylkill River, $69,254

SullivanEastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Lewis passive treatment system, $96,914 

Susquehanna Susquehanna County Conservation District, DuBois Creek, $205,000Susquehanna County Conservation District, Susquehanna River Basin, $122,187

Tioga Babb Creek Watershed Association Inc., Rock Run, $163,007Tioga County Conservation District, Wilson Creek, $166,350

Union Union County Conservation District, Buffalo Creek, $180,404Union County Conservation District, Union County waterways, $173,140

Venango South Sandy Creek Watershed Association Inc., Gadsby acid mine drainage, $243,456

WayneLake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, Lake Wallenpaupack stormwater management, $76,050

Westmoreland Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Mt. Pleasant stormwater management, $131,250Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Scottdale green streetscape, $436,301Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Southmoreland High School stormwater management, $57,000Sewickley Creek Watershed Association, Andrews Run, $182,782Stream Restoration Inc., Ninemile Run, $614,909Westmoreland County Conservation District, Beaver Run, $70,000

Wyoming Lake Carey Welfare Association, Lake Carey, $111,610Mehoopany Creek Watershed Association Inc., Rogers Hollow Stream, $152,388

Multiple Counties Broad Top Township, Six Mile Run, $191,000Conemaugh Valley Conservancy,Inc., Conemaugh River Basin, $45,000Conemaugh Valley Conservancy Inc., Kiski Conemaugh River Basin, $78,000Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, acid mine drainage in eastern Pennsylvania, $125,000Headwaters Charitable Trust, Clarion River, $104,000Headwaters Charitable Trust, Smith Run Watershed, $250,000 Keystone College, Keystone College stormwater management, $155,000League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund, municipal education, $100,000Montour County Conservation District, Chillisquaque Creek, $288,861North-central Pennsylvania Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Watershed, $165,630Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Inc., Statewide Non-Point Source Education Office, $329,200Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Inc., technical assistance for Pennvest projects, $93,000Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Inc., technical assistance, $996,640Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, southeast Pennsylvania, $200,000Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers Inc., watershed education, $60,000 Pennsylvania State University, Lake Erie Watershed, $371,843Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development Council, Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds, $500,000Stream Restoration Inc., passive treatment systems technical support, $88,211Stream Restoration Inc., passive treatment systems technical assistance, $160,000Trout Unlimited Inc., acid mine drainage assistance, $160,000Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, acid mine drainage in western Pennsylvania, $125,000Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, quick response program, $100,000  

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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