Chester County Watershed Protection Projects Receive $1.3M from State – Daily Local

WEST CHESTER — Five projects to protect and restore watersheds in Chester County and the surrounding region will receive more than $1.3 million in total state funding through the Growing Greener Program.

“As we continue to deal with the growing impacts of climate change, including more intense rainfall and potential flooding, it is imperative that we work with local and regional organizations to better manage the impacts of stormwater runoff on our communities. streams and waterways,” the state representative said. Carolyn Comitta, who is minority chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said. “The Growing Greener Funds continue to play a leading role in this effort.

The grants are as follows:

• $495,944 to the Stroud Water Research Center to implement agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) and forested buffers along Red Clay Creek. The proposed project will implement 55 agricultural BMPs to address livestock impacts on water quality and over 11 acres of riparian forest buffers on three equine operations in the Delaware River watershed. BMPs will address concerns related to equine manure handling and high use areas including grassy streams for erosion control, riparian forest buffers, off-course livestock watering water, livestock exclusion fencing and stabilized stream crossings. The projects are part of a targeted effort to comprehensively address threats to water quality and protect the health of waterways. It is estimated that the project will reduce 5,522.5 pounds. per year of nitrogen, 753.7 lbs. per year of phosphorus and 272.37 tonnes per year of sediment.

• $199,680 for the Chester County Conversation District to address the management of mushroom industry by-products and reduce non-point source loading in local streams and tributaries, including the basin slope of the Chesapeake Bay. Estimated pollution load reductions are 1,400 lbs. per year of nitrogen, 654 lbs. per year of phosphorus and 33 tonnes per year of sediment.

• $12,740 for the Township of Tredyffrin for a program to educate citizens about the value of rain gardens by designing and constructing two public rain gardens and hosting educational events. The Tredyffrin Rain Garden Program, launched last year by the Tredyffrin Environmental Advisory Council and TE’s Green Team, also offers incentives to residents who apply to receive and maintain a rain garden on their property. The grant will support the design and construction of 13 residential rain gardens.

• $340,000 for the Township of Tredyffrin for the Bair Road and Trout Creek Infiltration, Water Quality and Flood Mitigation Project. The project aims to capture, treat, control and infiltrate stormwater runoff from more than 19 acres of upstream residential drainage area with the construction of two underground storage and infiltration beds within the right-of-way owned and managed by the canton. Combined, the two infiltration beds with a large capacity storage system will be able to store nearly 15,000 cubic feet (110,000 gallons) of runoff water and handle approximately 7,400 pounds. per year. of total suspended solids.

$269,298 to Brandywine Conservancy to assess and improve water quality in the Brandywine-Christiana watershed. The project calls for working with organizations and partners to achieve measurable water quality improvements in the headwater reaches of the watershed by implementing agricultural BMPs in the headwaters of Brandywine, Red Clay Creek and White Clay Creek Focus Areas of the Delaware River Watershed Imitative Brandywine-Christina Group. The project will also conduct feasibility and opportunity assessments of targeted areas to identify strategic watershed-scale water quality interventions on select properties that are ineligible for agricultural BMP funding, resulting in two pilot projects based on the results of the evaluation.

The Chester County projects are part of a total of $3.5 million in state funding for 14 watershed restoration and protection projects in southeastern Pennsylvania. Grants are awarded for projects in three categories: watershed restoration and protection; rehabilitation of abandoned mines; and abandoned oil and gas well plugging projects.

Growing Greener remains the largest investment of public funds in Pennsylvania history to address Pennsylvania’s critical environmental concerns in the 21st century. Across the state, this year’s awards exceed $18 million and will fund projects focused on design, construction, education and awareness.

Three other agencies also received funds to distribute for appropriate projects: the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to administer farmland preservation projects, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for renovation and improving state parks, and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority for upgrading water and sewer systems. .

Comitta is also a strong supporter of Senate Bill 525, bipartisan legislation to allocate $500 million in U.S. federal bailout funding to establish Growing Greener III in Pennsylvania.

The bill was overwhelmingly passed by the Senate Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy in September and is now before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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