Thursday, January 20, 2022

DEP Announces $3.5 Million In Watershed Restoration Project Funding For Southeast PA

On January 20, the Department of Environmental Protection announced
14 projects in Southeast Pennsylvania, totaling more than $3.5 million, aimed at watershed restoration and protection will be funded through this year’s Growing Greener grants.

Grants were awarded in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties.

“Growing Greener is the single largest investment of state funds that goes directly towards addressing critical environmental concerns of the 21st century,” said DEP Southeast Regional Director Pat Patterson. “As we continue to see the impacts of climate change, it is imperative that we use funds to invest in, protect, and restore our watersheds.”

Growing Greener grants are awarded for projects in three categories: watershed restoration and protection; abandoned mine reclamation; and abandoned oil and gas well plugging projects. 

Statewide, this year’s awards exceed $18 million and will fund projects focused on design, construction, education, and outreach.

Three other agencies also received funds to distribute for appropriate projects:  the Department of Agriculture to administer farmland preservation projects, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for state park renovations and improvements, and the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority for water and sewer system upgrades.

Click Here for a list of projects funded.

Visit DEP’s Growing Greener Grants Program webpage and the Environmental Stewardship Fund website to learn more.  

Visit the Growing Greener Coalition for more information on how you can reverse the cuts in environmental project funding and advocate for more local conservation, recreation and mine reclamation project funding.

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[January 20, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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