Friday, June 24, 2022

Lancaster County Approves $3.4 Million In Federal American Rescue Plan Funding To Support Lancaster Clean Water Partners Projects

Lancaster County Commissioners approved the allocation of $3.4 million in federal American Rescue Plan funding to support local
Lancaster Clean Water Partners water quality improvement projects

"The ARPA funding is a critical piece that will get Lancaster closer to achieving its goals and launch the transformational work that the county needs," said Allyson Ladley Gibson, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Programs. 

"From designing innovative conservation practices to putting shovels in the ground to supporting both a healthy stream and a landowner’s bottom line, these projects will have far-reaching impacts that spotlight Lancaster on the map as a restoration success story."

The $3.4 million will leverage $9,094,025 and directly fund the following projects: 

-- Agricultural best management practices on farms in Fulton, Colerain, Paradise, and East Lampeter townships 

-- A multi-municipal stream restoration and trail project along the Conewago Creek in Londonderry and Mount Joy townships 

-- Urban forest planting in the City of Lancaster to implement the Trees for People Plan 

-- A steam restoration project along the Gross Run tributary in Ephrata Borough that involves over 40 landowners 

-- A stream restoration and floodplain restoration project along the Little Conestoga Creek on Franklin & Marshall’s campus 

-- Eight continuous instream monitoring units to be placed in the Conestoga and Pequea watersheds 

-- Multi-year riparian buffer establishment support for landowners with newly planted buffers

-- Conestoga Water Trail planning to improve public access and expand recreational opportunities on the river

Click Here for a full list of projects funded

"Our proposal was for $27 million to fund 53 projects that 40 partner organizations submitted, so a huge thank you for helping us show the demand across the community," said Gibson.

For more information on programs, initiatives, funding, technical support, upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the Lancaster Clean Water Partners website.  Click Here to sign up for regular email updates.  Follow them on Facebook.

Lancaster Clean Water Fund

Applications to support local water quality improvement projects through the Lancaster Clean Water Fund are due July 22.

Click Here for more information.

American Rescue Plan Funding

$11 Billion In Federal American Rescue Plan Funding To PA State Government, Local Governments Has Yet To Be Invested.  What’s Your Community Doing?

How Clean Is Your Stream?

Check DEP’s 2022 Water Quality Report to find out how clean streams are near you.

Take Action Now!

-- Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers, Hunters, Anglers, Farm, Environmental, Recreation Groups All Working Together, Down To The Wire, To Bring Home A Win On Growing Greener III Funding [PaEN]

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[Posted: June 24, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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