Scarnati Urges Local Organizations to Apply for Growing Greener Grants

May 15, 2014

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting applications for Growing Greener grants to reduce pollution and improve water quality, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Scarnati said local governments, non-profit organizations, schools, municipal authorities and watershed associations are eligible to apply for grants under the state’s Growing Greener Program.

A total of $16 million is available through the Pennsylvania Growing Greener program for projects to improve water quality in impaired waterways or to protect water quality where the watershed may be threatened by non-point sources, such as agricultural or urban runoff or acid mine drainage.

“The Growing Greener Program has played a significant role in helping local groups to complete important plans to clean up mine drainage, improve agricultural practices and restore wetlands and to improve stormwater systems,” Scarnati said. “The goal of this program is not only to strengthen our environment, but also to contribute to economic development and help create local jobs.”

Scarnati explained that the program is funded by Act 13, Marcellus Shale Impact Fees, which are expected to provide more than $7.8 million for the Environmental Stewardship Fund to support the Growing Greener Program.

“Over the past several years our local communities have seen the positive impact of this program and I encourage local organizations to submit applications for upcoming improvement projects,” Scarnati stated.  “Investing in our natural resources and protecting the waters across Pennsylvania is a responsible investment in our future.”

Applications for the program are being accepted through July 11, 2014.  For more information and to download a grant application, please visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click the “Growing Greener” button or enter keyword: Growing Greener.

CONTACT:

Kate Eckhart keckhart@pasen.gov
717-787-7084