(HARRISBURG, PA)—Harry Campbell, executive director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Pennsylvania, issued this statement following the announcement by Governor Tom Wolf that 114 projects would receive a total of $25.1 million in Growing Greener funding through the Department of Environmental Protection.
According to the Governor's office, the selected projects enhance watersheds, mitigate acid mine drainage, and support programs to reduce pollution.
Mr. Campbell said:
"The $25 million in Growing Greener funding is a welcome investment in projects that can reduce water pollution and improve water quality across the Commonwealth.
"Roughly 19,000 miles of Pennsylvania waterways are polluted, and a commitment of resources and technical assistance is critical if the Commonwealth's 'rebooted' efforts to clean up our rivers and streams are to be successful.
"This Growing Greener funding will go toward projects like stream restoration, streambank stabilization, agricultural practices, stormwater management, barnyard improvement, and other efforts that could get Pennsylvania back on track toward meeting its clean water commitments.
"We urge legislators to commit to a new round of Growing Greener funding for Pennsylvania, which will allow conservation and clean water efforts like those highlighted today, to create a clean-water legacy for future generations."
To see a list of the projects being funded, visit here.