Good News for Clean Water Efforts in Pennsylvania!
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced it will award grants totaling more than $5.7 million to help local communities clean up and restore polluted rivers and streams. Matching contributions of about $10.3 million could produce a total of more than $15 million of on-the-ground improvements and protections for Commonwealth waters.
In Lancaster County, some of the new NFWF investments will enable a public-private partnership to accelerate pollution reductions and add forested buffers. With NFWF funding, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will collaborate with 40 organizations to increase the number of streamside buffers. Various stream restoration projects will restore and protect precious trout habitat with recently announced NFWF investments. In Tioga County, three grants will support wetlands, buffers, streambank stabilization, and grazing practices.
Roughly 19,000 miles of Commonwealth rivers and streams are harmed by pollution. NFWF investments help clean them up, improve farm economies, reduce nuisance flooding, and support local businesses and jobs, among many other local benefits.
About NFWF Grants
NFWF investments like these are made through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund and funded primarily by the Environmental Protection Agency.
For 2017, the Stewardship Fund will make a total of 44 grants in the amount of $12.64 million for projects throughout the entire Bay region, with an anticipated matching amount of about $18 million for a total on-the-ground impact of over $30 million.
In 2016, 39 NFWF grants totaled $10 million and will leverage $13 million in contributions, bringing the total on-the-ground impact to about $23 million.
Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction grants from the Stewardship Fund support projects that reduce polluted runoff. The Fund’s Small Watershed Grants support projects that promote community-based efforts to protect and restore the natural resources of the Bay and its rivers and streams.
CBF would like to congratulate NFWF grant winners and wish them much success.
Pennsylvania Executive Director
Chesapeake Bay Foundation