On December 21, the Department of Environmental Protection announced the award of a $471,276 grant to Mehoopany Creek Watershed Restoration, Inc. for the Mehoopany Creek Rogers Hollow Stream Restoration Project in Wyoming County.
This Growing Greener grant will be used to construct over 700 feet of stacked boulder along the right bank of the stream and another 267 feet on the left side. This project will alleviate flooding issues and remove sediment while stabilizing the banks of the stream.
Heavy rains events over the last several years have led to flooding of nearby residences and to areas of State Route 87.
“This area of Wyoming County has seen its share of flooding events, and this project will help protect the residents from future flooding and improve water quality,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
The Mehoopany Creek Roger Hallow Stream Restoration is part of the 2007 Mehoopany Creek Watershed Plan.
This project will meet the PA Nonpoint Source Management Plan which focuses on reducing water quality degradation from “polluted runoff.” Rogers Hollow Stream is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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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