Thursday, December 27, 2018

DEP Awards $730,000 In Grants To Restore Streambanks, Stabilize Shorelines In Philadelphia

On December 27, the Department of Environmental Protection announced two grants totaling $730,000 to improve stream banks and stabilize shorelines in the City Of Philadelphia.
“Whether it’s a brand-new trail or a community favorite, improving and protecting the banks along these routes is just as important as the trail itself” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “These grants embody the intersectionality of conservation and recreation and DEP is honored to support such efforts.”
The $330,000 Growing Greener grant awarded to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation is to be used for the installation of water quality improvement measures, such as shore stabilization, stormwater management, and riparian buffer creation along the Schuylkill Banks.
Friends of the Wissahickon will be using $400,000 in Growing Greener funds to restore 315 feet of streambank along the Lower Valley Green Run near the confluence with Wissahickon Creek.
These restoration efforts include replacing eroded slopes and establishing five acres of new riparian buffers.
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.
New DCNR Grant Round
To 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.
Forest Buffer Summit
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Western PA Conservancy will be hosting a Riparian Forest Buffer Summit on February 20-21 at the Best Western Premier Conference Center, 800 East Park Drive in Harrisburg.

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