Wednesday, January 31, 2018

PennVEST OKs $74 Million In Water, Stormwater, Non-Point Source, Forest Conservation Projects In 11 Counties

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday announced the investment of $74 million for 13 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and non-point source projects across 11 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.
“This funding continues our commitment to clean water in Pennsylvania with the approval of these loans and grants through PennVEST for a variety of water quality improvement projects that cover areas across the commonwealth”, said Gov. Wolf. “These projects benefit the environment, economic development, and public health and will further our shared goal of a clean and safe environment for our families to enjoy, as well as, my vision for a better Pennsylvania, both now and for years to come.”
Non-Point & Stormwater Projects
The projects approved to control non-point and stormwater pollution include--
-- Bedford County: Mann Township received $444,031 grant to cover costs related to a temporary stream diversion, embankment stabilization, and restoration project in Blackberry Lick Run.
-- Cameron County: Lyme Emporium Highlands II LLC received a $24,549,885 loan to purchase 11 large tracts of forest land to protect headwater streams, provide conservation easements, and sustainable working forests. The project is expected to create over 50 new forestry related jobs and leverage $91,000,000 in private investment. Click Here for more.
-- Delaware County: Chester City Stormwater Authority received a loan for $4,888,205 to construct 4 bio-retention cells, 7,250 square feet of permeable pavement, establishment of a storm drain catch basin retrofit project program and 70 storm sewer inlets.
-- Lycoming County: Old Lycoming Township received a $622,175 grant to purchase a water recycling jet vacuum truck to remove sediment from the storm water system to comply with the best management practices in this MS4 community.
-- Wayne County: Hawley Borough received a $277,911 grant to repair or replace approximately 733 feet of failing storm sewer pipe, to eliminate periodic flooding, and prevent soil erosion from entering the Lackawaxen River.
The funding comes from a combination of state funds: Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to PennVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency, and recycled loan repayments from previous PennVEST funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work have been paid and receipts submitted to PennVEST.
Click Here for a complete list of projects.
For more information on grant and loan funding opportunities for water infrastructure, visit the PennVEST website or call 717-783-6798.

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