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GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE TO IMPROVE WATERSHEDS IN BERKS, LEBANON COUNTIES

09/08/2022

​HARRISBURG, Pa. (September 8) - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is seeking proposals for projects that would be funded through the Tulpehocken and Quittapahilla Watershed Grant Program.

Projects eligible for this program must support aquatic habitat enhancement, recreational access, and water quality in the Tulpehocken Creek and Quittapahilla Creek watersheds in Berks and Lebanon counties and be located wholly within the watersheds.

The Tulpehocken Creek watershed encompasses 219 square miles in Lebanon and Berks counties and includes Blue Marsh Reservoir.  The Quittapahilla Creek watershed covers 77 square miles in Lebanon County. 

Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2022.  Successful grant recipients are expected to be notified by mid-December.

For 2022, priority will be placed on projects that improve aquatic habitats for fisheries.  Other activities, such as improving water quality, recreational fishing opportunities, or studies related to these topics will be considered.  Grants can be used for stand-alone projects or to supplement other funding for larger projects that are designed to improve aquatic habitat, water quality, or recreational use.  Examples of acceptable activities include fishery habitat restoration or enhancement; fish stocking; fishing access; maintenance or creation of facilities to encourage, improve or expand recreational use of the fishery; and studies related to these issues.  

Funding for the grant program is made available through a settlement agreement between the PFBC and Helix Ironwood, L.L.C., related to the operation of an electric generation facility located in South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County.

More information on the Tulpehocken and Quittapahilla Watershed Grant Program, including application materials, is available on the PFBC website (Fishandboat.com).  Potential applicants may also contact Diana Day, PFBC Conservation Coordinator, by calling (717) 346-8137, or sending an email to diday@pa.gov.

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MEDIA CONTACT: 
Mike Parker
Communications Director
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
(717) 585-3076
michparker@pa.gov


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