PA Governor Rendell Investing to Improve PA's Economy, Environment; Awards $14.4 Million in Growing Greener Funds Funding for These 129 Projects Follows Governor's Nov. 2 Announcement of First

$65 Million Awarded as Part of Growing Greener II Initiative



    HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of Governor Edward G.
 Rendell's aggressive agenda to improve the state's economy and environment,
 Pennsylvania is investing $14.4 million to help local conservation
 organizations clean up watersheds, enhance environmental protection and
 revitalize communities across Pennsylvania. The money will fund 129 project
 grants through Pennsylvania's Growing Greener program.
     "These grants will improve the quality of our waterways, address serious
 environmental problems at mine sites and make our communities more livable,"
 Governor Rendell said. "Pennsylvania needs clean streams, protected open
 spaces and uncontaminated sites in order to win the race for new business
 development, enhance our economic competitiveness and create the jobs we
 critically need.
     "Growing Greener is supporting our efforts to grow our economy. At  the
 same time, it's cleaning up our environment and conserving our exceptional
 natural resources."
     Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty made the grants
 announcement a little more than a week after Governor Rendell announced the
 first $65 million in grants under voter-approved Growing Greener II bond
 initiative. That law brought to fruition more than a year of aggressive
 efforts by the Governor to address some of the state's most pressing
 environmental problems and help the state win the race for revitalized
 communities, new business and job creation.
     The Secretary also said that DEP is now accepting applications for the
 2006 watershed restoration and protection grants to be awarded in the eighth
 year of Growing Greener as well as Growing Greener II. The deadline to apply
 is March 3.
     "Governor Rendell is making the investments we need today to keep
 Pennsylvania 'growing greener' well into the future," McGinty said. "Cleaning
 up rivers and streams, protecting natural areas and open spaces, preserving
 working farms -- these are priorities all of us share. Growing Greener is a
 powerful tool to address these pressing environmental issues while partnering
 with local communities to help revitalize our economy."
     Included in the $14.4 million, which represents the seventh round of
 funding awarded by DEP under the traditional Growing Greener program, are the
 following: $9.3 million in traditional watershed grants, $1.6 million in
 federal Office of Surface Mining Title IV grants, $1.9 million in the
 beneficial use of acid mine discharge to clean state waterways and $537,081 in
 10 percent set-aside funds for state-federal mine reclamation projects. In
 addition, DEP is recommending $1.1 million in Nonpoint Source Implementation
 Program Grants, funded through Section 319(h) of the federal Clean Water Act.
     Since 1999, DEP has supplied $172 million in watershed grants for 1,497
 projects in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania. The grants are used to create or
 restore wetlands, restore stream buffer zones, eliminate causes of nonpoint
 source pollution, plug oil and gas wells, reclaim abandoned mine lands, and
 restore aquatic life to streams that were lifeless due to acid mine drainage.
     For the upcoming grant round, DEP will invest in projects that seek to
 address nonpoint source pollution, such as comprehensive watershed plan
 implementation; legacy sediment and stream restoration; nutrient and sediment
 trading; long-term operation and maintenance for watershed projects and mine
 drainage treatment systems; urban and agricultural runoff; and upgrades to on-
 lot sewage systems.
     Eligible projects also could include reducing nonpoint source pollution in
 watersheds where streams are impaired; designing practices and activities that
 support water quality trading initiatives; integrating stormwater management
 and flood protection into watershed management; encouraging the beneficial use
 of abandoned mine pool water; and integrating air deposition controls and
 management with mitigating water quality problems.
     Deadline for submitting applications to the DEP Grants Center is March 3.
 Applications must be postmarked no later than that day. If hand delivered, the
 package must be received by 4:30 p.m. on March 3. Late submissions will not be
 considered.
     For more information on Growing Greener, visit DEP's Web site at
 http://www.dep.state.pa.us, Keyword: "Growing Greener."
 
     The Rendell Administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
 education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
 economic investment to support our communities and businesses.  To find out
 more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly
 newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us.
 
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a list by county of the $9.3 million in
 Growing Greener watershed restoration and protection grants:
 
                                     ADAMS
     * Watershed Alliance of Adams County Inc. -- $14,076 for the operation and
       maintenance of the East Berling stream gauge.
 
                                   ALLEGHENY
     * 3 Rivers Wet Weather Inc. -- $50,000 to develop a water quality
       monitoring plan for bacteria in the three rivers area of Pittsburgh.
     * North Area Environmental Council -- $19,251 for a stream channel and
       riparian assessment of the Pine Creek Watershed.
 
                                   ARMSTRONG
     * Armstrong Conservation District -- $72,899 to install agricultural best
       management practices in the Patterson Run watershed with water quality
       monitoring during the pre- and post-construction phases to document
       results.
 
                                     BEAVER
     * Beaver County Conservation District -- $110,000 to continue installation
       of agricultural best management practices and target farms in the
       Raccoon Creek Watershed.
 
                                    BEDFORD
     * Bedford County Conservation District -- $77,800 to address soil loss by
       putting in place year-round no-till operations at farming operations
       through the Crop Management Association.
 
                                     BERKS
     * Foundation for the Reading Public Museum -- $24,248 to design and obtain
       permits for an 850-foot reach of Wyomissing Creek above the area where
       two dams were removed in 2004, using new techniques for restoration.
 
                                     BLAIR
     * Altoona -- $115,000.00 to finish restoration of Mill Run by stabilizing
       stream banks, removing debris and using structures for better stream
       flow.
 
                                    BRADFORD
     * Bradford County Conservation District -- $2,500 for a team of nutrient
       and conservation planners to visit 58 farms in the North Branch Towanda
       Creek subwatershed to develop an inventory and evaluate best management
       practices to reduce pollution from agricultural operations.
     * Bradford County Conservation District -- $60,000 to supplement
       Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) buffer projects which
       include four miles of buffer restoration with fencing, two miles of
       buffer restoration without fencing, 10 acres of buffer maintenance and
       rotational grazing system components.
     * Schrader Creek Watershed Association -- $120,000 to construct a passive
       treatment system to mitigate the effects of chronic acidification of
       Little Schrader Creek. The project was designed through a previously
       funded Growing Greener grant. Little Schrader Creek is considered an
       "exceptional value" cold water fishery.
 
                                     BUTLER
     * Butler County Conservation District -- $4,037 for a manure-testing
       program for farmers. A nutrient management technician would discuss and
       help calculate proper application rates.
 
                                    CAMBRIA
     * Greater Johnstown Watershed Association -- $14,300 to provide
       organizational support for a new urban watershed association to increase
       membership and address environmental problems (including stormwater
       control) in the greater Johnstown area.
 
                                    CAMERON
     * Cameron County Conservation District -- $46,000 to help address the
       single worst source of acid mine drainage in the Sterling Run Watershed
       through the design of a passive treatment system at May Hollow 49 to
       restore approximately 6.2 miles of stream connecting trout populations
       in the headwaters to emerging populations in Sterling Run.
 
                                     CARBON
     * Jim Thorpe -- $48,583 to prepare designs and permits needed to construct
       stream channel protection, restoration and stabilization on two sections
       of Slaughterhouse Creek.
 
                                     CENTRE
     * Moshannon Creek Watershed Coalition -- $15,000 to develop a restoration
       plan for Shimmel Run, a two-mile long stream affected by acid mine
       discharge.
     * Moshannon Creek Watershed Coalition -- $30,000 to clean up the first
       polluted discharge on a major unnamed tributary to Trout Run.
     * Moshannon Creek Watershed Coalition -- $30,000 to clean up the second
       major polluted discharge affecting Trout Run.
 
                                    CHESTER
     * Tredyffrin Township -- $40,000 to restore approximately 2,400 linear
       feet of severely eroded stream bank along two branches of Trout Creek.
 
                                   CLEARFIELD
     * Trout Unlimited, Allegheny Mountain Chapter -- $20,000 to determine the
       magnitude of the acidification problem in Trout Run, a tributary to the
       West Branch of the Susquehanna, and develop a progressive restoration
       plan to mitigate this problem.
     * Clearfield County Conservation District -- $1,400 for startup funds for
       a new watershed group's efforts to do work on Deer Creek and help
       restore the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.
     * Clearfield County Conservation District -- $40,000 to purchase
       monitoring equipment and supplies to construct weirs, pay for sample
       analysis and to produce outreach materials to recruit volunteers for
       Deer Creek and West Branch of the Susquehanna River cleanups.
 
                                    CLINTON
     * Clinton County Conservation District -- $40,000 to fund agricultural
       best management practices on farms in the Fishing Creek Watershed.
 
                                    CRAWFORD
     * Fairfield Township -- $70,000 to assess and develop a restoration plan
       for Wyman Run, which contributes excessive sediment to French Creek.
 
                                   CUMBERLAND
     * Camp Hill -- $45,800 for the Willow Park Stream Restoration Project,
       which involves the design and rehabilitation of 1,400 linear feet of an
       urban stream in the borough as part of the Cedar Run watershed
       restoration initiative, a multi-municipal effort to restore a cold water
       fishery in the Yellow Breeches Watershed.
     * Cumberland County Conservation District -- $50,000 to install
       agricultural best management practices on farms in the Three Square
       Hollow Watershed.
 
                                    DAUPHIN
     * Harrisburg -- $37,471 for Paxton Creek Watershed restoration.
     * Harrisburg -- $25,000 to design and permit a stream corridor
       rehabilitation project along lower Asylum Run within city limits.
     * Paxton Creek Watershed and Education Association -- $32,825 for a stream
       corridor restoration project that would measurably reduce sediment and
       nutrient yield to Wildwood Lake and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
 
                                    DELAWARE
     * Springfield Township -- $30,000 to design a variety of stormwater
       management best management practices at a 13-acre municipal property
       located in a very urbanized area. This project is seen as having an
       important education and outreach element because of the visibility of
       the location.
 
                                    FAYETTE
     * Fayette County Conservation District -- $25,351 to make no-till
       equipment available to farmers and reduce soil erosion and nutrient
       runoff throughout the county.
     * Fayette County Conservation District -- $29,593 to provide fund-raising
       technical assistance to the four county watershed groups to help them
       become viable, long-term sustainable organizations.
 
                                   HUNTINGDON
     * Pennsylvania State University -- $60,000 to study, assess and install
       agricultural best management practices on impaired reaches of county
       streams.
 
                                    INDIANA
     * Indiana County Conservation District -- $90,000 to install agricultural
       best management practices at various farms.
     * Blackleggs Creek Watershed Association -- $24,000 to design ponds to
       treat the 360-gallons-per-minute deep-mine discharge in the watershed.
     * Evergreen Conservancy -- $11,000 to fix acid mine discharge seep on the
       South Branch Bear Run with treatment ponds, 25 acres of site reclamation
       and 2000 feet of stream bank stabilization.
 
                                   JEFFERSON
     * Headwaters Charitable Trust -- $40,000 to design two passive treatment
       systems for acid mine discharge.
 
                                    JUNIATA
     * Juniata County Conservation District -- $37,800 for the third part of
       watershed assessment to identify nonpoint source pollution from land
       use.
     * Juniata County Conservation District -- $50,000 to use five concentrated
       poultry operations to study aspects of manure management.
 
                                   LANCASTER
     * Lancaster County Academy -- $2,000 to replant wetland with native plants
       and reduce amount of invasive purple loose strife. The project also
       includes water quality testing and signage.
     * Lancaster County Conservation District -- $3,700 to create and maintain
       a county-wide Web site, run by the conservation district, that all
       watershed and conservation groups in the county could share information
       on, and to purchase a "groundwater Karst model" for education programs.
     * Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance -- $4,687 for purchasing additional
       water quality monitoring kits and signage for recently completed stream
       restoration project.
 
                                    LAWRENCE
     * Lawrence County Conservation District -- $60,000 to implement
       agricultural best management practices on Lawrence County farms.
     * Lawrence County Conservation District -- $12,385 for a series of
       training sessions to encourage proactive implementation to minimize
       watershed impacts and determine community development objectives for
       Mahoning, Union and Pulaski townships.
 
                                    LUZERNE
     * Luzerne Conservation District -- $74,000 to help municipalities with
       surface and drainage improvements to dirt roads.
     * Wildlands Conservancy Inc. -- $44,222 to design a passive treatment
       system to treat the Owl Hole mine discharge and reduce metals going into
       the Lehigh River.
 
                                    LYCOMING
     * Lycoming College -- $10,000 to support efforts of the Susquehanna River
       Heartland Coalition of Environmental Studies, a collaboration of local
       colleges and universities interested in learning about and stewardship
       opportunities with the river.
     * Lycoming College -- $5,989 to update the current Natural Stream Channel
       Design guidelines written in March of 2003.
 
                                     MONROE
     * Brodhead Watershed Association -- $155,000 for a six-component project
       to protect Paradise Watershed.
 
                                   MONTGOMERY
     * Montgomery County Community College -- $5,020 to continue work on two
       existing stormwater retention basins and an 800-foot drainage channel
       transecting them both through the use of native vegetation and a barrier
       upstream of outfall for longer detention of water.
 
                               MULTIPLE COUNTIES
     * Blacklick Creek Watershed Association Inc. -- $27,000 to drill nine
       borings and study a small shallow deep mine using wells and dye in order
       to correlate rainfall and the seven acid mine discharge seeps which
       produce a total of 51 gallons per minute.
     * Cambria County Conservation District -- $50,000 to conduct an assessment
       of the 129-square-mile Chest Creek Watershed in Cambria and Clearfield
       counties and develop a restoration plan.
     * Capital Resource Conservation & Development Area Council Inc. --
       $300,000 to establish adoption of no-till agriculture production systems
       in the southcentral regional area.
     * Chesapeake Bay Foundation Inc. -- $122,000 to implement a pilot
       precision dairy feeding program in the Susquehanna River basin in
       Pennsylvania over a two-year period. The program will enlist 40 dairy
       farmers and educate the farmers and their animal nutritionists,
       veterinarians and feed company representatives on precision feeding
       benefits and opportunities.
     * Ducks Unlimited Inc. -- $488,824 to conduct field visits and surveys,
       and to help with design and construction management of wetlands in the
       Ohio Basin.
     * Earth Force Inc., DBA Lake Erie-Allegheny Earth Force -- $35,134 to
       educate adults, youth group leaders and children on nonpoint sources of
       pollution.
     * Huntingdon County Conservation District -- $1,627 for a startup
       watershed organization.
     * Community Partnerships Resource Conservation and Development Council --
       $216,300 to promote the use of precision rotational grazing systems as
       best management practices to reduce sediment and phosphorus.
     * Moshannon Creek Watershed Coalition -- $71,460 to address acid mine
       drainage in this central Pennsylvania creek. The headwaters of Moshannon
       Creek sustain a viable fishery. The downstream portion of Moshannon
       Creek supplies the city of Houtzdale with a drinking water supply.
     * Natural Lands Trust Inc. -- $95,000 to target more effective
       conservation outreach and implementation on issues such as land use,
       storm water, source water protection and drinking water supply
       protection.
     * The Nature Conservancy -- $108,864 to develop and use a new method to
       provide water managers with an instream flow assessment tool. The tool
       will provide users with the ability to assess and set limits on the
       degree to which instream flows can be altered depending on the
       designated uses to be protected and /or restored.
     * Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Inc. -- $170,000 to
       provide engineering and soils assistance to groups developing or
       implementing a watershed assessment, watershed restoration plan or
       watershed protection plan.
     * Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Inc. -- $2,244,000
       for administrative support and state cost-share funds to farmers
       enrolled in the state's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in the
       59 counties of the Susquehanna, Potomac and Ohio River watersheds.
     * Pennsylvania Environmental Council Inc. -- $302,000 to deliver a water
       quality trading platform and registry design for the Chesapeake Bay
       Basin in Pennsylvania.
     * Pennsylvania Horticultural Society -- $250,000 to restore tree cover to
       a five-county area in southeastern Pennsylvania and to plant riparian
       buffers, helping to enhance water quality.
     * Pennsylvania State University -- $59,000 to develop a specialized urban
       model to estimate nutrient and sediment load reduction for watershed
       implementation plans.
     * Pennsylvania State University -- $116,000 to build a Pennsylvania-
       specific, eco-regional varying model of the relation between nutrients,
       algal biomass, and species composition in streams.
     * Pennsylvania State University -- $76,886 to create algorithms that will
       reduce the amount of effort needed to conduct an analysis of stream
       nutrient loads.
     * Pennsylvania State University -- $56,000 to develop and incorporate a
       pathogen loading estimation routine within a new urban model for
       nutrient and sediment loads. This tool will estimate loadings pathogens
       based upon available data rather than sampling.
     * Pennsylvania State University -- $132,300 to study variability in
       phosphorus levels to determine healthy level of stream periphyton.
     * Pennsylvania State University -- $51,189 to estimate the maximum
       quantities of water consumed by livestock and used for irrigation for
       vegetable, fruit, and specialty crop production in Pennsylvania.
     * Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development Council -- $140,000
       to provide technical assistance and quality control to watershed groups
       throughout the state. The multi-disciplinary team offers watershed
       specific technical assistance, mentoring and quality assurance/quality
       control assistance.
     * Somerset Conservation District -- $159,000 for agricultural landowners
       in a 15-county area of southwestern Pennsylvania and for the
       installation of prescribed grazing practices for 19 farms.
     * Pennsylvania Envirothon Inc. -- $65,000 for this environmental education
       program that reaches over 15,000 high school students in more than 700
       public and private schools in all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.
     * Susquehanna County Conservation District -- $104,082 to address nonpoint
       source pollution water quality impairments by implementing various best
       management practices on impaired streams, wetlands, and agricultural
       lands in the Meshoppen Creek and Tunkhannock Creek watersheds.
     * Turtle Creek Watershed Association Inc. -- $115,000 to eliminate the
       discharge by draining the mine pool through a barrier into the Irwin
       mine pool. This will restore five miles of Turtle Creek by reducing acid
       and metals loading.
     * Villanova University -- $96,340 to use a newly developed procedure to
       identify the source of fecal contamination in waters. The project would
       establish a database of 2000 possible sources.
     * Villanova University -- $175,000 to advance evolving comprehensive
       stormwater management and faster development of public and private
       partnerships.
     * Wanashee Conservancy Inc. -- $70,000 to develop a Watershed Plan for the
       Robinson Run Watershed.
     * Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation -- $5,000
       to support the South Sandy Creek Watershed Association's development,
       its education and outreach efforts, and supply and equipment needs.
     * Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation --
       $166,000 to provide a means for watershed associations and other project
       sponsors to monitor their constructed passive treatment systems to
       determine how well they function and to help determine if any repairs,
       changes or replacements are needed.
     * Western Pennsylvania Conservancy -- $180,000 to provide technical
       watershed related assistance to watershed groups, conservation
       districts, landowners, government officials and the general public.
     * Wildlands Conservancy Inc. -- $65,262 to complete a characterization
       stream assessment, embeddedness and trout habitat assessment, develop a
       restoration/stabilization plan and acquire joint permit for construction
       of structures on the Saucon Creek and two unnamed tributaries totaling
       2.61 miles in length.
 
                                  NORTHAMPTON
     * Upper Mount Bethel Township -- $73,500 to develop a watershed protection
       plan and related outreach/education activities to increase awareness of
       nonpoint source pollution in the Martins-Jacoby Watershed in
       Northeastern Northampton County.
     * Monocacy Creek Watershed Association Inc. -- $69,595 to develop the
       Illick's Mill Park Restoration Master Plan, which will focus on
       establishing a riparian buffer, wetland aeration, native plantings,
       sediment transport, improved fish and aquatic habitat, a goose nuisance
       strategy and an educational outreach program.
     * Bushkill Stream Conservancy -- $12,000 to design and plan a wetland
       passive treatment system at Sullivan Park. The project will help to
       reduce siltation and urban/suburban discharge to the Bushkill Creek.
 
                                 NORTHUMBERLAND
     * Northumberland County Conservation District -- $29,403 to address the
       Maysville borehole, which is ranked as the ninth significant discharge
       that impacts Shamokin Creek with acid mine drainage.
 
                                  PHILADELPHIA
     * The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education -- $83,260 to plan,
       develop, test and fine tune an educational program that mirrors the
       Senior Environmental Corp's stream water quality monitoring and
       assessment program but specifically designed and crafted for students.
 
                                      PIKE
     * Pike County Conservation District -- $72,000 to provide financial and
       technical support to municipalities in Pike County. The project will
       support municipal officials in implementing land-use regulations that
       will contribute to the long-term conservation of water resources.
 
                                     POTTER
     * Potter County Conservation District -- $40,000 for a natural stream
       channel design project on the Middle Branch of the Genesee River.
 
                                   SCHUYLKILL
     * Schuylkill County Conservation District -- $60,000 to collect necessary
       data to develop a detailed engineering design, complete with cost
       estimates, for a passive treatment system on the No. 5 borehole and
       breach, which is the most significant source of metals to the Mahanoy
       Creek, a tributary to Susquehanna River.
 
                                     TIOGA
     * Tioga County Concerned Citizens Committee Inc. -- $40,000 to design and
       permit a series of passive alkalinity generating systems to treat acid
       mine discharge in Fall Brook, a tributary to the Tioga River.
     * Tioga County Concerned Citizens Committee Inc. -- $45,600 to fund the
       design, permitting and bid packages for a passive treatment site in the
       Fall Brook Creek portion of the Tioga River.
     * Mansfield Municipal Authority -- $25,000 to finalize a watershed
       management plan for the 23-square-mile Corey Creek Watershed.
 
                                     UNION
     * Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance of the Merrill Linn Land and Waterways
       Conservancy -- $35,000 to study and design a passive treatment system
       for the remediation of seven miles of acid deposition impaired stream.
 
                                    VENANGO
     * Venango Conservation District -- $60,000 for design and implementation
       of sustainable best management practices to reduce nonpoint source
       pollutants such as sediment and nutrients.
 
                                   WASHINGTON
     * Washington -- $76,430 for a comprehensive stormwater assessment of the
       Catfish Creek subbasin within the Chartiers Creek Watershed.
 
                                  WESTMORELAND
     * Pucketa and Chartiers Watershed Association -- $41,300 to design a
       natural stream restoration for a severely eroded section of Chartiers
       Run in Lower Burrel.
     * Loyalhanna Watershed Association Inc. -- $211,400 to use the mine
       drainage flow, which is presently polluting Saxman Run, to generate
       electricity. This power will be used by a treatment system already in
       place and another system scheduled to come online in the future. Any
       excess power will supply discreet systems at the Latrobe Sewage
       Treatment Plant.
 
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a list by county of the $537,081 in 10
 percent set-aside funds for state-federal mine reclamation project.
 
                                    CAMBRIA
     * Windber -- $51,511 for a stream-grouting project aimed at eliminating
       acid mine discharge at the Jandy Refuse Pile Reclamation Project in the
       Little Paint Creek Watershed.
 
                                      ELK
     * Toby Creek Watershed Association Inc. -- $452,999 to upgrade the
       existing Brandy Camp Treatment Plant by installing two additional
       clarifiers, a raw transfer pump and sub-control panel.
 
                                   HUNTINGDON
     * Huntingdon County Conservation District -- $32,571 to evaluate the
       failure of the Joller acid mine drainage treatment facilities and design
       a rehabilitation plan to address the needed repairs.
 
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a list by county of the $1.1 million in
 Nonpoint Source Implementation Program Grants, funded through Section 319(h)
 of the Federal Clean Water Act:
 
                                    BEDFORD
     * Broad Top Township -- $8,000 to construct a passive system to treat mine
       discharge in Six Mile Run.
     * Broad Top Township -- $182,000 for two separate systems to treat deep-
       mine seeps. Two separate treatment facilities will be used with settling
       ponds to capture flushed aluminum into Six Mile Run.
     * Broad Top Township -- $19,000 to construct three systems to treat mine
       discharge from three seeps in Six Mile Run.
     * Broad Top Township -- $96,000 to design and construct limestone ponds
       and ditches to treat five different seeps totaling 22 gallons per minute
       in Shreves Run.
     * Broad Top Township -- $10,000 to construct a system to treat a 15- to
       20-gallon-per-minute deep-mine seep with a 600-ton limestone passive
       system.
 
                                     BUCKS
     * Plumstead Township -- $77,247 to modify an existing wet basin stormwater
       management facility, creating from it a smaller basin with an adjacent
       wetland of 29,000 square feet.
 
                                     CENTRE
     * Centre County Conservation District -- $100,000 to install best
       management practices on 24 farms in agriculturally impaired watersheds.
       Landowners will contribute a minimum of 20 percent.
 
                                   CLEARFIELD
     * Clearfield County Conservation District -- $9,564 for a complete
       assessment of the Hartshorn Run Watershed to help support restoration of
       the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.
     * Emigh Run/Lakeside Watershed Association Inc. -- $99,000 to construct
       the Hubler Run 2 passive treatment system that will treat three
       discharges of acid mine drainage that emanate from abandoned drift mines
       in the watershed.
 
                                   HUNTINGDON
     * Huntingdon County Conservation District -- $29,000 to add limestone to
       Hartman Run, stabilize the 750-foot access road, construct a stream
       crossing, riprap a 75-foot stream bank, reclaim small spoil piles
       eroding into the stream and replant the riparian zone.
 
                                   LANCASTER
     * Paradise Sportsmen's Association -- $158,485 for stabilization and
       restoration techniques along 3,725 linear feet of Pequea Creek.
 
                                    LUZERNE
     * Luzerne Conservation District -- $48,900 for a watershed and lake
       assessment for Frances Slocum Lake. The assessment will be used to
       prepare a comprehensive management plan.
 
                                    MONTOUR
     * Montour County Conservation District -- $22,800 to augment a previous
       grant for construction of a natural design stream restoration.
 
                                   SCHUYLKILL
     * Schuylkill County Conservation District -- $200,000 for the purchase and
       installation of limestone media to complete the Audenried Mine Tunnel
       Discharge project.
 
                                     UNION
     * SEDA-Council of Governments -- $45,000 to support construction of an
       innovative integrated stormwater management system in the proposed
       Energy Resource Center. Funding will be used for a green roof, porous
       paved parking and native plants in bioswales.
 
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a list by county of the $1.6 million from
 the federal Office of Surface Mining Title IV grants:
 
                                   ALLEGHENY
     * Allegheny Land Trust -- $650,955 to complete the design and construct a
       passive treatment system to treat high volume, alkaline, iron acid mine
       drainage. The iron precipitate will be recovered and sold to cover long-
       term operation and maintenance costs.
     * South Fayette Conservation Group -- $329,249 to seal mine entries
       contributing to acid mine discharge to Miller Run, re-establish Fishing
       Run to its approximate historical channel, eliminate dangerous highwalls
       in the area and demolish hazardous abandoned mine structures.
 
                                    INDIANA
     * Blacklick Creek Watershed Association -- $93,562 to fund the
       reconstruction and redesign of the Yellow Creek Phase 2C Passive
       Treatment System.
 
                                   JEFFERSON
     * Jefferson County Conservation District -- $82,555 for a feasibility
       study and development of a conceptual design to treat an abandoned mine
       discharge to Sugar Camp Run so the water can be used for a municipal
       water supply.
 
                                   SCHUYLKILL
     * Pottsville -- $422,510 for Phase IV of a project to reclaim dangerous
       abandoned mine land features as a result of subsidence in the city.
 
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a list by county of the $1.9 million in
 innovation grants for the beneficial use of acid mine discharge to clean state
 waterways:
 
                                     BUTLER
     * Stream Restoration Inc. -- $205,957 to evaluate the process and costs of
       recovering materials from acid mine discharge; determine the consistency
       of the raw material; pilot scale processing of recovered material;
       identify product demand; and identify future design improvements to
       decrease operation, maintenance and implementation.
 
                                      ELK
     * North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission -- $74,050
       to determine the feasibility of use of the sludge from the Brandy Camp
       treatment plant to manufacture powdered metals components.
 
                                     GREENE
     * Concurrent Technologies Corp. -- $736,651 for a two-phase enhanced
       metals recovery program using iron derived from acid mine discharge as a
       raw material to produce a novel corrosion inhibitor.
 
                                    INDIANA
     * Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation -- $299,355 to study
       the bacteria and provide several carbon sources to determine which
       products produce the greatest SRB activity.
 
                               MULTIPLE COUNTIES
     * Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation -- $189,813 to
       optimize the design and operation of self-flushing limestone systems for
       mine drainage treatment in Butler and Clarion counties.
     * Western PA coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation -- $279,221 for five
       pilot-scale demonstrations at different locations treating a variety of
       acid mine discharge in Lackawanna, Northumberland, Jefferson, Fayette
       and Westmoreland counties.
 
                                  WESTMORELAND
     * Saint Vincent College -- $111,130 to test the ability of iron oxide
       sludges to compete with Ferric Chloride and Alum as a medium for
       removing phosphorous from municipal wastewater treatment plants.
 
     CONTACT:  Kate Philips
               717-783-1116
 
               Kurt Knaus, DEP
               717-787-1323
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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