Wednesday, October 21, 2020

PennVEST Invests $181 Million In Water Infrastructure, Nonpoint Source Pollution Reduction Projects In 12 Counties

On October 21, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the investment of $181 million for 16 drinking water, wastewater and nonpoint source projects across 12 counties through the
PA Infrastructure Investment Authority.

“As our citizens and businesses continue to adapt to an ever-changing environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority must be ensuring secure infrastructure for community water,” said Gov. Wolf. “Access to clean drinking water is foundational to rebuilding and the growth of our communities. These projects will continue to ensure the safety and welfare of thousands of Pennsylvanians.”

The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy [Act 13 drilling impact fees] funds, federal grants to PennVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PennVEST funding awards. 

Funds for these projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PennVEST for review.

“Investments in clean water infrastructure ensure that our new normal is built upon safe and secure facilities that Pennsylvania can rely on,” said Gov. Wolf. “There is no better step toward a stronger future than the commitments we’re making today for these communities.”

The list of projects includes these projects to control nonpoint source pollution in Lancaster County--

-- Lancaster County Conservation District – received a $402,880 grant to install an efficient manure storage and transfer system at the Levi Fisher farm, including stream crossings and a riparian buffer. The project will reduce nutrient run-off into the Pequea Creek, which is limited by a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

-- Warwick Township – received a $556,730 grant to install an efficient manure removal and transfer system at the Jeff Balmer farm. The project will eliminate 1,914 pounds of sediment, 8,887 pounds of nitrogen, and 3,852 pounds of phosphorus annually, drastically improving the Hammer Creek, a tributary to the Cocalico Creek and Chesapeake Bay.

Click Here for a complete list of projects funded.

For more information on water infrastructure funding opportunities, visit the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority webpage.

[Posted: October 21, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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