Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s Administration today announced grant funding totaling more than $500,000 for rivers conservation, recreation, and streamside forest buffers in Lancaster County.
The grants are $222,000 to Denver Borough for walkways, stream restoration, streambank stabilization and buffers along 800 feet of Cocalico Creek in the Denver Park Annex and $286,900 to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for planting about 34 acres of streamside forest buffers in the county.
“By slowing down runoff after it rains, and filtering out sediments and nutrients, streamside forest buffers are among the best practices to help us clean up our rivers and streams in Pennsylvania,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We’re especially pleased to be able to put this money on the ground in Lancaster County, where residents have been working hard to make the county’s streams clean and clear, and where there is the largest opportunity for Pennsylvania to make progress on its clean water goals in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”
The grants are among 22 awarded statewide, totaling approximately $2.85 million from Environmental Stewardship and Keystone funds and federal EPA Chesapeake Bay Grants for rivers conservation, access, and streamside forest buffers.
Projects will include stream and floodplain restoration, conservation plans, six boat docks/river access points, a fishing pier in Philadelphia, green infrastructure in local parks, and more than 93 acres of streamside forest buffers. A complete list is on the DCNR website.
Learn more about DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program grants on the DCNR website.