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Friday, January 4, 2019

Pickett, Owlett Announce $447,250 State Investment in Two Multi-Site Stream Improvement Projects in Bradford County

HARRISBURG - Bradford County will receive two state grants to stabilize streambanks, rehabilitate a stream corridor, and reduce sediment and nutrient pollution, according to state Reps. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter).

The grants were announced by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection today.

The first grant, in the amount of $270,000, will be awarded to the Bradford County Commissioners to continue the successful Bradford County Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Initiative. This grant will fund 10 streambank stabilization projects and 10 driveway/access lane improvement projects, with the goal of reducing erosion and sediment pollution to receiving streams. Sites will be selected by the recipient through a competitive public application process.

The second grant, an award of $177,250 to the Bradford County Conservation District for the Satterlee Creek Stream Corridor Rehabilitation project, will fund stream stabilization on five sites in the Satterlee Creek watershed.

“Flooding events in Bradford County have been an increasing challenge for residents,” Pickett said. “Working to alleviate problems in strategic streambank locations is key in helping to reduce the impact of flooding from future storms. Rep. Owlett and I are pleased that this state funding will be of significant help in that effort.”

The work funded by these two grants (combined) is anticipated to stabilize or restore 4,800 feet of streambank and reduce pollution of sediment by 2,000 tons, nitrogen by 5,000 tons and phosphorus by 2,000 tons per year. The pollution reduction will help to improve water quality.

“Protecting our waterways from pollutants is of the utmost importance,” said Owlett. “If we are to maintain the health of our steams and the flora and animals that rely on those habitats, then we need to address the growing issue of erosion and sediment control due to encroaching development of the land surrounding these watersheds. This money will go a long way in helping to address this issue.”

The projects are both funded by 2019 Growing Greener grants. The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

So nauseating when these elected officials "announce" grants as if they are paying them out of their own pockets. Sometimes they announce grants from programs they actually voted against.