Coldwater Heritage Partnership Announces 2017 Grant Awards
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 16) – The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) is pleased to announce that over $72,000 in grants have been awarded to local organizations to protect and conserve Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams. The partnership is a collaborative effort between the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, PA Fish and Boat Commission and PA Council of Trout Unlimited.
The purpose of the CHP is to provide leadership, coordination, technical assistance, and funding support for the conservation and protection of Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams. The program awards planning and implementation grants to conservation organizations in an effort to protect and conserve Pennsylvania’s coldwater resources.
The planning grant is awarded to organizations to create a coldwater conservation plan that evaluates the biological, physical, and chemical features of the stream or watershed to identify potential threats, impacts, and opportunities and compile recommendations for future protection.
The implementation grant is awarded to organizations to complete projects listed as recommendations in Coldwater Conservation Plans or similar documents. Potential projects must conserve, protect, or enhance the resources.
Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Jefferson County
Endless Mountains RC&D on behalf of Pine Creek Watershed Council, Tioga, Potter, and Lycoming Counties
Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR), Luzerne County
Scrubgrass Creek Watershed Association, Venango County
Allegheny Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Clearfield County
Trout Unlimited, Clinton County
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Elk County
Lackawanna County Conservation District, Lackawanna County
Lehigh County Conservation District, Lehigh County
Wildlands Conservancy, Lehigh County
Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, Potter County
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Warren County
Tubmill Trout Club Unlimited, Westmoreland County
Additional information about the grant opportunity as well as plans, reports, and photographs from previous grant awardees can be found on the CHP website www.coldwaterheritage.org.