Monday, November 23, 2020

DCNR Highlights $400,000 Investment To Improve Recreation, Help Restore Codorus Creek In York County; New Grant Round Opening Soon

On November 23, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources highlighted the investment of $400,000 to provide a kayak launch and fishing platforms and help restore a portion of Codorus Creek in the City of York.

This grant was part of a group of 22 grants awarded in October totaling $2.85 million from Environmental Stewardship and Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Funds for rivers conservation, access, and streamside forest buffers.  Read more here.

An investment of $400,000 with the Redevelopment Authority of the County of York also will also support stream restoration, stream-bank stabilization, construction of nearly 2,000 feet of trail connecting to the Heritage Rail Trail and a parking area, and installation of storm-water management measures.

“The goal of the Rivers Conservation grants is to improve watershed health, and this project includes several practices – stream restoration and streamside forest buffers – that will do just that,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We are happy to provide assistance in York County for efforts to improve water quality and increase opportunities for water recreation on Codorus Creek.”

This project is part of Phase 1 of the 1.4-mile Codorus Greenway from Grantley Road to North George St., in the City of York.

The Codorus Greenway is intended to make the Codorus Creek an important resource for the entire city.

This 1.4-mile greenway project will create several new public access points to the creek, recreate and re-vegetate the banks of the creek, and create a series of multi-use trails connecting residents and visitors to the creek and to other parts of the city.

“For more than a century, our community has envisioned a green and accessible Codorus Creek running through the heart of our downtown and connecting to our neighborhoods,” said Silas Chamberlin, vice president of Economic & Community Development with the York County Economic Alliance. “DCNR’s investment in the Codorus Greenway brings us one step closer to realizing that vision by advancing Phase 1 of the Codorus Greenway, providing public access to the creek, and making accessible, multi-use connections to the Heritage Rail Trail.”

New Grant Round Opening Soon

To learn more about riparian buffer, recreation, land conservation grant opportunities, visit DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grant webpage.  

A new grant round will be opening January 19 and closes April 14.  Click Here to learn more.

  For more information on state parks and forests and recreation in Pennsylvania, visit DCNR’s website, Click Here to sign up for the Resource newsletter, Visit the Good Natured DCNR Blog,  Click Here for upcoming events, Click Here to hook up with DCNR on other social media-- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

Other Grant Opportunities

These programs provide grants for buffers and land conservation work----

November 30-- NRCS-PA: Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program

December 1-- Agriculture Farm Conservation Excellence Grants - Lancaster/York

December 18-- NRCS-PA Farmer, Landowner Assistance

December 31-- NRCS- Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

December 31-- NRCS- Conservation Plans

February 19-- NRCS-PA Farmer, Landowner Assistance

April 12-- DEP Farm Nutrient Reduction, Small Business Energy Efficiency Grants

How Clean Is Your Stream?

DEP’s Interactive Report Viewer allows you to zoom in on your own stream or watershed to find out how clean your stream is or if it has impaired water quality using the latest information in the draft 2020 Water Quality Report.

[Posted: November 23, 2020]  PA Environment Digest 

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