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DEP Announces More than $12 Million to Fund Local Water Clean Up Projects in PA’s Southcentral Region

12/30/2020

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that 43 projects to clean up waters in the state’s Southcentral region have been selected to collectively receive more than $12 million in funding through DEP’s Growing Greener program.

“Growing Greener awardees help keep Pennsylvania clean,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “It is imperative that communities in Pennsylvania receive the necessary funding to reduce pollutants in area waterways.”

Statewide, more than $34 million has been awarded to fund 149 projects to clean up waters. Grantees have up to three years to implement their projects from the award date.

Growing Greener is the largest single investment of state funds in Pennsylvania's history to address Pennsylvania's critical environmental concerns of the 21st century.

Growing Greener has helped to slash the backlog of farmland-preservation projects statewide, protect open space, eliminate the maintenance backlog in state parks, clean up abandoned mines and restore watersheds, provide funds for recreational trails and local parks, help communities address land use, and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.

DEP is authorized to allocate these funds in grants for watershed restoration and protection, abandoned mine reclamation, and abandoned oil and gas well plugging projects.
Three other state 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.

Growing Greener projects in the Southcentral region include a project by the Berks County Conservation District to implement Riparian Forest Buffers in the Chesapeake Bay and watersheds impaired by agricultural sources. Another project in the region is a stormwater retrofit by Conewago Township in Adams County. Fifteen Lancaster County projects received more than $5.9 million in funding. Eight York County projects received more than $1.9 million in funding.

Southcentral Region’s and Statewide Awardees:

Adams (1)
Conewago Township, Sherry Village Basin, $108,000

Berks (4)
Berks County Conservation District, Agricultural Best Management Practice (BMP) Implementation in High Quality Kittatinny-Pine Creek watershed, $381,494
Berks County Conservation District, Riparian Forest Buffer Implementation in Berks County, $385,000 
Berks County Conservation District, Little Swatara Creek Tributaries TMDL Ag BMP Implementation, $67,485
Borough of Shoemakersville, Shoemakersville Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Pollution Control Bioswale, $42,200

Blair (1)
The Trust for Tomorrow, Poplar Run Repair and Maintenance Project, $40,000 

Cumberland (3)
Commissioners of Lower Allen Township, Beacon Hill Stormwater Basin Retrofit Project, $63,700
Cumberland County Conservation District, Yellow Breeches Trout Habitat and Stream Bank Restoration at Allenberry, $255,980
Silver Spring Township, Detention Basin Retrofits, $350,000

Franklin (2)
Borough of Chambersburg, South Main Street Stormwater BMP Implementation Project, $200,000 
Franklin County Conservation District, Installation of Horse Operation BMPs along two Different Streams, $380,795

Fulton (1)
Fulton County Conservation District, Upper Big Cove Creek Watershed Assessment, $112,000 

Huntingdon (2)
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Huntingdon County Ag BMPs, $442,305
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Spruce Creek Stream Restoration, $45,720 

Lancaster (15)
American Rivers, Chiques Roller Mill Dam Removal, $140,255 
Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County, Cocalico Creek Headwaters Floodplain Restoration – Construction, $769,271
East Donegal Township, Evans Run Riparian Buffer Planting and Stream Restoration, $200,000
Lancaster Farmland Trust, Crossing the Finish Line: BMP Implementation on Strategic Farms in East Lampeter Township, $670,947 
Lancaster Farmland Trust, Driving Pollution Reduction in the Mill Creek Watershed (Upper Leacock Township), $274,405
Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance, Indian Run Floodplain Restoration, $72,000 
Manheim Borough, Chiques Creek Pollutant Reduction Project – Construction, $437,931
Mount Joy Township, Green Meadows Streambank Stabilization Construction, $265,792
Mountville Borough, Mountville Borough Dry Extended Detention Basin/Constructed Wetlands, $200,000
Penn Township, Chiques Creek Green Infrastructure Improvements - Basin Retrofits and Vegetated Swale, $402,000
Stroud Water Research Center Inc, Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Forested Buffers for Lancaster Focus Areas, $1,253,551 
Water Science Institute, Lancaster Dams and Nutrient Reduction Opportunities - Part 2, $57,200
West Hempfield Township, Stormwater Basin, Streambank Stabilization and Riparian Forest Buffer, $315,000
West Hempfield Township, Chiques Creek Stormwater Basin, Streambank Stabilization and Riparian Buffer Project, $250,000
West Lampeter Township, Groff Farm Floodplain Restoration – Construction, $600,000

Perry (1)
Perry County Conservation District, North Rice Farm Streambank Stabilization Project, $22,970

York (8)
Partnership for the Economic Development of York County, Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative, $500,000
Springettsbury Township, Springettsbury Township Turnkey Water Quality Improvements for its 2018-2023 MS4 Permit, $162,000 
The Borough of Hanover Stormwater Authority, Hanover Borough, $103,000
York County Conservation District, Bennett Run Restoration Design and Permitting, $110,000 
York County Conservation District, Unnamed Tributary to Bald Eagle Creek Design and Permitting, $90,500 
York County Conservation District, Unnamed Tributary to Leibs Creek Restoration Design and Permitting, $80,000
York County Rail Trail Authority, Oil Creek Watershed Restoration Plan, $38,000
York Township, Queenswood Improvements, $39,325

Chester and York (1)
Dickinson College, Developing High-Frequency Sensor Monitoring Tools for Managing Harmful Algal Blooms, $171,624

Clearfield, Cambria, Huntingdon, Centre (1)
Trout Unlimited Inc, Streambank Stabilization in the Chesapeake Bay - A Collaborative Initiative to Improve Stream Health and Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution, $49,363 

Lancaster, York, Cumberland, Franklin, Bedford, Centre (1)
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Inc, Prioritizing Forested Buffer Incentives, $675,000

Montour, Bradford, Clinton, Columbia, Luzerne (1)
Columbia County Conservation District, Multi-County Soil Health 2020-2023, $447,380

Schuylkill, Franklin, Adams, Erie, Crawford, Warren (1)
The Pennsylvania State University, Furthering the Master Watershed Steward Program in Pennsylvania, $162,422 

Statewide (4)
Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Inc, PA Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, $1,522,910
Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, Implementation of Lake BMPs Project IV, $468,790
Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation Development Council, Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW) X, $703,638
Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Quick Response 9: Fiscal Management for Repair of Growing Greener Projects, $200,000

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