Sen. Yaw Announces $1.5 Million for Watershed Improvements

January 22, 2014

10 Projects Throughout 23rd Senate District Will Receive Funding

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today announced that 10 projects throughout his Senate District have been awarded more than $1.5 million by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Yaw announced that DEP has approved $1,513,260.50 in funding to improve watersheds, reduce stormwater runoff and acid mine drainage, as well as to support educational programs and other environmental initiatives.  Funding was made available under Pennsylvania’s Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection (Growing Greener) Grant Program, Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Grant Program and the federal Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program.

“Our local conservation districts and watershed associations are the boots on the ground when it comes to protecting the environment, regularly offering technical assistance and educational guidance to the people and communities throughout the Northern Tier,” Yaw said.  “Many of the projects awarded funding today are for creek stabilization.  This funding will address areas of impairment that have suffered severe erosion and deposition problems contributable to heavy rainfall and extensive flooding, something my district has recently experienced.”

In the latest round of funding, 118 grants were awarded statewide.  Ten in Sen. Yaw’s Senate District include:

Bradford

  • Bradford County Conservation District, Stephen Foster Lake Forebay Rehabilitation: $202,613.50
  • Wysox Creek Watershed Association, Inc., Parks Creek Watershed Rehabilitation: $242,850

Lycoming

  • Muncy Creek Watershed Association Inc., Little Muncy Creek Stabilization: $13,999

Susquehanna

  • Susquehanna County Conservation District, Agricultural Spring Developments: $59,744
  • Susquehanna County Conservation District, DuBois Creek Restoration: $55,000
  • Susquehanna County Conservation District, Priority Watersheds Barnyard Project: $205,523

Union

  • Diversified Treatment Alternative, Pond Restoration and Create Wetlands: $75,550
  • Union County Conservation District, Agricultural BMP: $178,130
  • Union County Conservation District, Little Buffalo Creek Agricultural BMP: $329,851
  • Union County Conservation District, Multi-Species Cover Crop Program: $150,000

“I was pleased to lend my support for several of these projects, and applaud our local conservation districts and watershed associations for their commitment to our environment.”

CONTACT:

Rita Zielonis
717-787-3280