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Wolf Administration Announces $3.5 Million for Watershed Restoration and Protection Projects in Southeast PA

01/20/2022

Norristown, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that 14 projects in Southeast Pennsylvania, totaling more than $3.5 million, aimed at watershed restoration and protection will be funded through this year’s Growing Greener grants. 

“Growing Greener is the single largest investment of state funds that goes directly towards addressing critical environmental concerns of the 21st century,” said DEP Southeast Regional Director Pat Patterson. “As we continue to see the impacts of climate change, it is imperative that we use funds to invest in, protect, and restore our watersheds.”

Growing Greener grants are awarded for projects in three categories: watershed restoration and protection; abandoned mine reclamation; and abandoned oil and gas well plugging projects. Statewide, this year’s awards exceed $18 million and will fund projects focused on design, construction, education, and outreach. 

Three other agencies also received funds to distribute for appropriate projects:  the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to administer farmland preservation projects, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for state park renovations and improvements, and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority for water and sewer system upgrades.

Approved projects include: 

Bucks
Langhorne Manor Borough: Comly Avenue Water Quality Improvements, $230,000
 
Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow: Honey Hollow Creek Dam Reregulation, Stream Stabilization and Floodplain Restoration: Design and Permitting, $154,100
 
Northampton Township: Northampton Crossing Basin Retrofit, $300,000
 
Chester
Stroud Water Research Center, Inc.: Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Forested Buffers for Red Clay Creek 2022, $495,944
 
Chester County Conservation District: Mushroom Farm Resource Conservationist, $199,680
 
Tredyffrin Township: Tredyffrin Township Rain Garden Program, $12,740
 
Tredyffrin Township: Bair Road/Trout Creek Infiltration, Water Quality and Flood Mitigation Project, $340,000
 
Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art: Assessing and Improving Water Quality in the Brandywine-Christina Watershed. $269,298
 
Delaware
Radnor Township: West Wayne Preserve Water Quality Improvements and Flood Reduction Project, $480,000
 
Glenolden Borough: Improving Wildlife and Aquatic Habitat in Glenolden Community Park, $224,475
 
Darby Township: Conway Park Streambank Restoration Water Quality Improvement Project, $216,300
 
Delaware and Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc.: Growing Greener Communities, $244,475
 
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: TreeVitalize Watersheds 16, $250,000

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia Nurk, vnurk@pa.gov, 484-250-5808
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