PA Gov. Ridge Administration Announces $2.4 Million in `Growing Greener' Technical Assistance Grants

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of Gov. Tom Ridge,
 Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary David E. Hess
 today announced $2.4 million in grants to technical-assistance providers
 through the "Growing Greener" initiative.
     "We have lots of Pennsylvanians with a strong desire to protect and
 restore their watersheds, but often they need just a little technical help
 doing it," Hess said.  "Through these grants, we are providing the foundation
 for a network of technical-assistance providers to make the help they need
 available."
     Under the grants, watershed organizations and other eligible "Growing
 Greener" grantees will have statewide access to providers in the areas of
 program management, engineering, geology, and assessment and monitoring.
 Limited coverage will be available in the remaining areas of legal counsel,
 data management and scientific expertise.  There is no charge to the watershed
 group for the assistance.
     "Technical-assistance grants will help build the capacity to solve
 watershed problems and ensure the continued success of Gov. Ridge's five-year,
 $650 million 'Growing Greener' program -- the largest environmental investment
 in Pennsylvania history," Hess said.  "We anticipate these providers will
 begin to make their services available this summer."
     For more information on "Growing Greener," visit DEP through the PA
 PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or directly at www.GrowingGreener.org.
 
     NOTE:  A list of the Technical Assistance Grant recipients follows.
 
     Canaan Valley Institute, Clearfield:  $306,844 to plan, host and evaluate
 annual Natural Stream Design Summits, and conduct an extensive series of
 workshops on Natural Stream Design principles.
 
     Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Harrisburg: $969,415
 for inventory and evaluation of problem areas, identification and feasibility
 of solutions, preliminary cost estimates, soil investigations, design
 consultation, and engineering advice, quality assurance and training.
 
     Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation Trust, Mayfield:  $546,376 to
 provide assistance in program management, and scientific assessment and
 monitoring.
 
     Stream Restoration Inc., Cranberry Township:  $203,938 for project
 management, engineering, and assessment and monitoring as they relate to
 issues dealing with abandoned mine drainage.
 
     Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Harrisburg:  $100,000 to develop a
 web-based clearinghouse making legal resources available, and creating and
 implementing a watershed peer trainer certification program.
 
     Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Greensburg:
 $40,755 to create an abandoned mine reclamation clearinghouse for information
 on watershed assessment and data collection, the Good Samaritan legislation,
 group formation, project implementation, and monitoring techniques.
 
     Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pittsburgh:  $300,049 to provide legal,
 project management and scientific assistance.
 
     CONTACT:  Christina Novak, Press Secretary, Pennsylvania Department Of
 Environmental Protection, 717-787-1323.
 
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of Gov. Tom Ridge,
 Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary David E. Hess
 today announced $2.4 million in grants to technical-assistance providers
 through the "Growing Greener" initiative.
     "We have lots of Pennsylvanians with a strong desire to protect and
 restore their watersheds, but often they need just a little technical help
 doing it," Hess said.  "Through these grants, we are providing the foundation
 for a network of technical-assistance providers to make the help they need
 available."
     Under the grants, watershed organizations and other eligible "Growing
 Greener" grantees will have statewide access to providers in the areas of
 program management, engineering, geology, and assessment and monitoring.
 Limited coverage will be available in the remaining areas of legal counsel,
 data management and scientific expertise.  There is no charge to the watershed
 group for the assistance.
     "Technical-assistance grants will help build the capacity to solve
 watershed problems and ensure the continued success of Gov. Ridge's five-year,
 $650 million 'Growing Greener' program -- the largest environmental investment
 in Pennsylvania history," Hess said.  "We anticipate these providers will
 begin to make their services available this summer."
     For more information on "Growing Greener," visit DEP through the PA
 PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or directly at www.GrowingGreener.org.
 
     NOTE:  A list of the Technical Assistance Grant recipients follows.
 
     Canaan Valley Institute, Clearfield:  $306,844 to plan, host and evaluate
 annual Natural Stream Design Summits, and conduct an extensive series of
 workshops on Natural Stream Design principles.
 
     Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Harrisburg: $969,415
 for inventory and evaluation of problem areas, identification and feasibility
 of solutions, preliminary cost estimates, soil investigations, design
 consultation, and engineering advice, quality assurance and training.
 
     Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation Trust, Mayfield:  $546,376 to
 provide assistance in program management, and scientific assessment and
 monitoring.
 
     Stream Restoration Inc., Cranberry Township:  $203,938 for project
 management, engineering, and assessment and monitoring as they relate to
 issues dealing with abandoned mine drainage.
 
     Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Harrisburg:  $100,000 to develop a
 web-based clearinghouse making legal resources available, and creating and
 implementing a watershed peer trainer certification program.
 
     Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Greensburg:
 $40,755 to create an abandoned mine reclamation clearinghouse for information
 on watershed assessment and data collection, the Good Samaritan legislation,
 group formation, project implementation, and monitoring techniques.
 
     Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pittsburgh:  $300,049 to provide legal,
 project management and scientific assistance.
 
     CONTACT:  Christina Novak, Press Secretary, Pennsylvania Department Of
 Environmental Protection, 717-787-1323.
 
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