Friday, January 4, 2019

DEP Awards 2 Grants Totaling $447,250 To Reduce Nutrient, Sediment Pollution In Bradford County Streams

On January 4, the Department of Environmental Protection announced the award of 2 grants totaling $447,250 to stabilize streambanks, rehabilitate a stream corridor, and reduce sediment, and nutrient pollution in Bradford County.
“Bradford County has seen more than its share of flooding events in recent years,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “These projects aim to protect residents from future flooding and will improve water quality.”
DEP awarded a $270,000 grant to the Bradford County Commissioners to continue the successful Bradford County Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Initiative.
The award will fund ten streambank stabilization projects and ten driveway/access lane improvement projects, reducing erosion and sediment pollution to receiving streams. Sites will be selected by the recipient through a competitive public application process.  
A second grant of $177,250 was awarded to the Bradford County Conservation District for the Satterlee Creek Stream Corridor Rehabilitation project, will fund stream stabilization on five sites in the Satterlee Creek watershed.  
Combined, the work funded by these grants is anticipated to stabilize or restore 4,800 feet of streambank and reduce pollution of sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus by 2,000 tons, 5,000 tons, and 2,000 tons per year, respectively.
The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees and a transfer from the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund.
Click Here for more information on DEP’s Growing Greener Plus Grant Program.
For more information on buffers, financial and technical assistance available, visit DCNR’s Forest Buffers webpage.
CFA Accepting Applications
The Commonwealth Financing Authority will accept applications from February 1 to May 31 for its Act 13 Watershed Restoration Grants which includes funding control nonpoint source pollution runoff, which includes agricultural operations.  Click Here for more.
New DCNR Grant Round
Learn more about grant opportunities to support riparian buffer, trail and recreation projects, visit DCNR’s Community Conservation Grant Program webpage. A new grant round is opening January 22 and will close April 10.  Click Here for more.
Forest Buffer Summit
Registration is now open for the DCNR and Western PA Conservancy Pennsylvania Riparian Forest Buffer Summit on February 20-21 at the Best Western Premier Conference Center, 800 East Park Drive in Harrisburg.  Click Here for more.
(Photo: Example of a buffer area from the Bradford County Conservation District.)
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