Jefferson County Awarded Nearly $275,000 to Improve Watershed

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Yesterday Governor Tom Corbett announced that the Department of Environmental Protection will invest more than $20.65 million in watershed protection projects to improve watersheds, reduce stormwater runoff and acid mine drainage (AMD), and support educational programs, among other environmental efforts.

“Maintaining water quality and protecting Pennsylvania’s resources is an important focus of my administration,” Corbett said. “The millions invested in these grants demonstrate our continued commitment to protecting and preserving our environment and natural resources for generations to come.”

This year, the Growing Greener program, funded by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, will award $15,120,608 for 97 projects around the state. Four additional projects, funded by the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Grant, will receive $1,953,947. Two additional grants, totaling $406,975, are funded by the AMD Set Aside Program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program, that was created through the federal Clean Water Act to help reduce water pollution from nonpoint sources, is funding 15 additional projects, totaling $3,174,807.

These projects will reduce nonpoint source pollution in impaired streams by implementing agricultural and stormwater best management practices (BMPs); developing, repairing or installing passive systems to treat AMD; and supporting the establishment of riparian buffers, among other methods.

Two of the primary goals under Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener Program are to invest in projects that protect watersheds from impairment due to nonpoint source pollution and to restore waterways damaged by non-point source pollution. Some examples of priority activities are restoration work to reduce pollutant load in impaired watersheds for which total maximum daily loads have been developed; projects in priority watersheds that would reduce the source of impairment; and priority activities that lead to water quality restoration and protection.

In this latest grant round, 162 eligible applicants requested about $41.8 million. Applications came from counties, authorities and other municipalities; county conservation districts; councils of governments; watershed organizations that promote local watershed conservation efforts; and other authorized organizations involved in restoring and protecting the environment.

For more information about Growing Greener or to see the complete list of grant recipients, email, call 717-705-4500 or visit DEP’s website at, keyword: Growing Greener.


Borough of Jefferson Hills, Peters Creek Stream Restoration: $84,000


Armstrong Conservation District, Campbell Run Agricultural BMP: $259,943
Armstrong Conservation District, Cowannshannock Creek Watershed Streambank Stabilization: $32,452
Armstrong Conservation District, Shay Stream Streambank Restoration: $8,350


Beaver County Conservation District, Brush Creek Restoration: $48,728


Broad Top Township, Sandy Run AMD Treatment System: $311,375
Trust for Tomorrow, Yellow Creek Tributary Restoration: $13,200


Bradford County Conservation District, Stephen Foster Lake Forebay Rehabilitation: $202,613.50
Wysox Creek Watershed Association, Inc., Parks Creek Watershed Rehabilitation: $242,850


Bucks County Conservation District, North Branch Neshaminy Creek Agricultural BMP: $173,477.93


Stream Restoration, Inc., Slippery Rock Creek Streambank Stabilization Project: $49,042
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Thorn Creek Restoration: $31,529


ART WORKS in Johnstown!, Green Roof: $212,500
Clearfield Creek Watershed Association, Old Beldin Mine AMD Treatment System: $42,350


Stream Restoration, Inc., Pine Glen Active Treatment System: $664,373
Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, Halfmoon Creek Restoration: $148,404


City of Coatesville, Stormwater BMP: $150,000
Red Clay Valley Association, Inc., East Branch Red Clay Stream Restoration: $159,000
Stroud Water Research Center, Inc., Chester County Agricultural BMP Planning and Implementation: $400,000
Valley Forge Trout Unlimited, Inc., Friendship Drive Infiltration Trench: $66,498
White Clay Watershed Association, New Garden Township Park Riparian Buffer Restoration: $53,030
YMCA of the Upper Main Line, Stormwater BMP and Dam Removal: $152,300


Clearfield County Conservation District, Little D AMD Passive Treatment System Construction: $455,028
Lawrence Township, Montgomery Creek Watershed AMD Passive Treatment System: $413,439
Stream Restoration, Inc., Alder Run AMD Treatment System: $818,179


Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc., Camp Victory Wetlands Reclamation: $165,448


Borough of Cochranton, Stormwater Management: $49,016
Crawford County Conservation District, Streambank Reforestation: $25,000


Borough of Media, Stormwater Master Plan: $127,192
Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc., Community Stormwater Management BMP Workshops: $41,670
Villanova University, Stormwater Facility Research: $225,968


Toby Creek Watershed Association, Inc., Kyler Hollow Passive Treatment System: $260,000


Edinboro Lake Watershed Association, Stormwater Management: $78,000
Environment Erie, ANEW Stormwater Education and Outreach: $42,969
Environment Erie, Municipal Stormwater Management: $150,972


Fayette County Conservation District, Downers Run Watershed Agricultural BMP: $36,648
Mountain Watershed Association, Inc., Kalp AMD Treatment System Repair: $305,819
Stream Restoration, Inc., Jonathan Run Watershed AMD Treatment System: $359,823
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Dunbar Creek Restoration: $31,435
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Glade Run Watershed AMD Passive Treatment System Repair: $320,917


Fulton County Conservation District, Big Cove Creek Streambank Restoration: $105,000


Huntingdon County Conservation District, Manure Management Planning: $25,095


Headwaters Charitable Trust, Mill Creek Watershed: $274,621


American Rivers, Inc., Heistand Sawmill Dam Removal: $49,985
Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance, Logan Park Floodplain Restoration: $239,200
Cocalico Creek Watershed Association, Little Cocalico Creek Streambank Stabilization: $38,325
Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County, Meadow Spring Farm Stream Restoration: $9,000
Lancaster County Conservation District, Mill Creek Restoration: $49,643
Lancaster Farmland Trust, Conestoga River Watershed BMP Implementation: $297,000


Lebanon Valley Conservancy, Inc., Quittie Creek Nature Park Stream Restoration: $444,126


Lehigh County Conservation District, Perkiomen Creek Watershed Stream Restoration: $18,221
Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Lehigh River Waterfront Redevelopment Project: $466,250
Upper Macungie Township, Gateway Pines Sub-Basin Retrofit: $7,504
Upper Macungie Township, Riparian Buffer: $58,125


Borough of Harveys Lake, Harveys Lake Stormwater System: $157,810
Earth Conservancy, Bliss Bank Mine Land Reclamation: $928,000
Luzerne County Conservation District, Stream Stabilization: $60,565


Muncy Creek Watershed Association Inc., Little Muncy Creek Stabilization: $13,999


Mifflin County Conservation District, Hungry Run Watershed BMP: $498,847


Jenkintown School District, Water Harvest Irrigation System: $78,500
Upper Merion Township, Crow Creek Watershed Restoration: $78,570


Montour County Conservation District, Chillisquaque Creek Restoration: $389,822


Bangor Borough, Messinger St. Emergency Stormwater Design: $40,625
Bethlehem Township, Monocacy Creek Spillway and BMP Retrofits: $56,500
Bethlehem City, Monocacy Creek Watershed Environmental Assessment: $150,000
Martins-Jacoby Watershed Association, Atlas Dam Removal: $420,900
Plainfield Township, Little Bushkill Watershed Management Plan: $46,942


Northumberland County Conservation District, Carbon Run Passive Treatment System: $90,339
Rockefeller Township, Dirt and Gravel Roads Improvement: $35,829


Frankford Friends School, Stormwater Retrofit and Outdoor Classroom: $40,000
Friends of the Wissahickon, Inc., Andorra Natural Area Stormwater Management: $330,000
Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Schuylkill Banks Trail: $100,000


Potter County Conservation District, Genesee Headwaters Streambank Stabilization: $56,300
Trout Unlimited, Inc., Cross Fork Sediment Reduction and Habitat Improvement: $168,054


Schuylkill Conservation District, Dandelion Farm Best Management Practice Installation: $144,000
Schuylkill Conservation District, Mine Pool Treatment System Expansion: $293,898
Schuylkill Conservation District, Swatara Creek Floodplain Restoration: $300,700
Schuylkill Conservation District, Oneida #3 AMD Treatment System Optimization: $157,505
Schuylkill Conservation District, West Creek Flow Loss Assessment and Remediation Plan: $302,006


Shade Creek Watershed Association, Coal Run AMD Repair: $297,950


Susquehanna County Conservation District, Agricultural Spring Developments: $59,744
Susquehanna County Conservation District, DuBois Creek Restoration: $55,000
Susquehanna County Conservation District, Priority Watersheds Barnyard Project: $205,523


Babb Creek Watershed Association, Inc., Klondike AMD Passive Treatment System Repair: $253,447
Tioga County Conservation District, Agricultural BMP on Tributaries to the Cowanesque River: $196,478


Diversified Treatment Alternative, Pond Restoration and Create Wetlands: $75,550
Union County Conservation District, Agricultural BMP: $178,130
Union County Conservation District, Little Buffalo Creek Agricultural BMP: $329,851
Union County Conservation District, Multi-Species Cover Crop Program: $150,000


Cornplanter Township, Oil Creek Streambank Stabilization: $120,000
Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Porcupine Run Fish Passage: $132,227
Venango Conservation District, Little Sandy Creek and Sugar Creek Streambank Stabilization: $28,308


Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Scottdale Borough Stormwater BMP: $124,000
Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Mount Pleasant Stormwater BMP: $545,399
Loyalhanna Watershed Association, Inc., Crabtree Creek AMD Assessment: $101,156
Loyalhanna Watershed Association, Inc., Loyalhanna Creek Stream Improvement: $190,750
Saint Vincent College, Monastery Run Stream Improvement: $209,526
Sewickley Creek Watershed Association, Brinkerton Discharge Sludge Removal: $119,400
Westmoreland County Conservation District, Beaver Run Agricultural BMP: $129,945
Westmoreland County Conservation District, Delmont Urban Stormwater Retrofits: $110,971
Westmoreland County Conservation District, Stormwater Basin Retrofits: $128,110


Codorus Creek Watershed Association, South Branch Codorus Creek Restoration: $22,500
Izaak Walton League of America, Barshinger Run Restoration: $59,925
Izaak Walton League of America, East Branch Codorus Creek Restoration: $60,500
Izaak Walton League of America, Pine Run Restoration: $70,000
Izaak Walton League of America, South Branch Codorus Creek Restoration: $58,905

Not County Specific

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Inc., Local Government Watershed Forums: $27,636
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc., Incentives for New and Established Forested Buffers: $375,000
Chester County Conservation District, Mushroom Resource Conservationist: $163,421
Nature Abounds, Pennsylvania Senior Environmental Corps: $356,884
Northwest Pennsylvania Eminent Community Institute, Management and Continuation of the Northwest PA Greenways: $200,000
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, TreeVitalize: $200,000
Stream Restoration, Inc., Blacks Creek Watershed Analysis: $49,667
Stroud Water Research Center, Inc., Berks County Agricultural BMP: $400,000
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Better Roads, Cleaner Streams Program: $26,000
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Morrison Cove Nutrient and Sediment Reduction: $100,000
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, PA Stream Access and Riparian Conservation: $250,000
Wildlands Conservancy, Inc., Lehigh River Watershed Landowner Outreach: $59,090

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