Wednesday, October 20, 2021

PennVEST Awards $186 Million In Funding To Support 33 Water Infrastructure Projects In 20 Counties

On October 20, the
PA Infrastructure Investment Authority announced the award of $186 million  in funding to support 33 drinking water, wastewater and nonpoint source projects across 20 counties.

“The investments made today in our clean water systems and community infrastructure continue to underscore the work that remains to eradicate legacy contaminants like lead and other harmful chemicals,” said Gov. Wolf.  “Our children and future generations of Pennsylvanians depend on our efforts to ensure clean, safe drinking water. They deserve better. I’m proud to demonstrate our continued commitment to the environment and our communities.”

The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy 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.

Nonpoint Source Projects

Projects funded to reduce water pollution from nonpoint sources, included--

-- Armstrong County Conservation District – received a $192,700 loan and a $192,700 grant to implement green infrastructure, including the removal of 3-inch abandoned gas line, the replacement of sidewalk with 2,850 square feet of pervious pavers, and 1,000 feet of multi-function riparian buffer.  The project will reduce total suspended solids by 2,632 pounds per year into an unnamed tributary of the Cowanshannock Creek.

-- Luzerne County, Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority – received a $14,172,725 loan to restore seven local waterways, including Abrahams and Gardner Creeks, as well as construct rain gardens and restore stormwater basins.  The project will help meet pollutant reduction goals for sediment and nutrients in the Authority’s MS4 [Stormwater] Regional Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan.

Click Here for a complete list of projects.

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

[Posted: October 20, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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