HARRISBURG, Pa., March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the selection of 4 projects to receive $1,193,603 in funding for the rehabilitation of Pennsylvania's water resources. The selected projects mitigate acid mine drainage (AMD) and support programs that improve water quality in watersheds, wetlands, and fisheries that have been impaired by AMD.
"The health of Pennsylvanians depends on the health of Pennsylvania's waterways," said Governor Wolf. "These grants will aid projects that are committed to protecting public health by eliminating acid mine drainage."
"Pennsylvania's history is inextricably linked to mining," said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley. "Unfortunately, acid mine drainage has also been a part of this history. The investments we are making today are essential in correcting the errors of the past to restore water quality in our streams for generations to come."
Funding for the AMD Set Aside Program comes from a fee on the active mining industry designated in the Federal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act. For more information on the AMD Set Aside Program, click here.
The organizations that were awarded are listed below, by grant type and alphabetically by county, with the project name and funding amount:
- Headwaters Charitable Trust, Kyler Hollow AMD Passive Treatment System - ALD 1 & ALD 2 Rehabilitation: $618,118
- Headwaters Charitable Trust, Hayes Run & Backside Hayes AMD Passive Treatment Systems - Modifications/Improvements: $384,918
- Mountain Watershed Association, Inc., Rondell-Correal AMD Treatment System: $123,543
- Schuylkill Conservation District, Upper Swatara Creek QHUP AMD Monitoring Project: $67,024
Jeff Sheridan, Governor's Office, 717-783-1116
Neil Shader, DEP, 717-787-1323
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection