Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wolf Announces $75 Million In Water Infrastructure Projects In 20 Counties

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday announced the investment of $75 million for 23 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and nonpoint source projects across 20 counties through the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority.
“PennVEST initiated its new fiscal year of funding by approving loans and grants for a wide variety of water quality improvement projects in all corners of the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Wolf. ”These projects and the environmental, economic development and public health benefits that they create will further our collective goal of a cleaner and safer place for our families to enjoy as well as my vision for a better Pennsylvania, both now and for years to come.”
Nonpoint pollution control projects funded in this round include:
-- Armstrong County: Armstrong Conservation District received a $925,754 grant to install a variety of best management practices, including infiltration trenches, vegetated swales, revegetation and reforestation along trails as well as removal of coal refuse.
-- Centre County: Tri-Municipal Park in Gregg Township received a $107,891 loan and a $215,778 grant to construct vegetated swales, rain gardens and a detention/infiltration basin in order to eliminate storm water runoff into a sinkhole and a nearby stream.
-- Chester County: Chester County Conservation District and Elam King received a $394,520 grant to install a new manure storage structure, animal walkways, roof gutters and downspouts and other facilities in order to reduce stormwater runoff and nutrients from entering the nearby stream.
-- Snyder County: Middleburg Borough received a $978,500 grant to construct almost a mile of new storm sewers, 32 storm sewer inlets, and 1,400 feet of drainage swales.
-- York County: York County Rail Trail Authority received a $950,000 grant to construct a 1.2 mile section of new trail and an on-site infiltration system in order to enhance the naturally occurring riparian buffer on the adjacent portion of Codorus Creek.
Click Here for a complete list of projects funded.
The funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to PennVEST from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PennVEST funding awards.
Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PennVEST.
To learn more about water infrastructure funding opportunities, visit the PennVEST website or call 717-783-6798.

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