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