Friday, December 21, 2018

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Assn. Receives $100,000 Grant For Green Stormwater Infrastructure Outreach Project

On December 21, the Department of Environmental Resources announced the award of a $100,000 grant to the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association in Montgomery County for a green stormwater infrastructure outreach project
This Growing Greener grant will be used to launch “Stream Smart,” an outreach program designed to recruit residents willing to learn about, install, and maintain green stormwater infrastructure on residential properties.
Embracing actions such as rain barrels, tree planting, and rain gardens in the Sandy Run watershed are expected to reduce stream sediment by more than 3,500 pounds per year.
“Innovative projects such as this will likely serve as a demonstration for future outreach and residential projects”, said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Working together as partners, neighbors and communities is vital to the long-term success of these efforts.”
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.
(Photo: Rain garden installation in the Wissahickon Watershed.)
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