May 18, 2016 Environment, Government That Works, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced today the selection of 114 projects to receive $25,143,294 in funding from Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), for the protection of Pennsylvania’s water resources. The selected projects enhance watersheds, mitigate acid mine drainage, and support water pollution cleanup programs.“The Growing Greener program, and this year’s funding, is an investment in our future and proof that when state government works collaboratively, we achieve long-lasting results,” said Governor Wolf. “The Environmental Stewardship Fund has helped spark innovation and coordinate partnerships to tackle some of the most challenging environmental issues in our state.”The 114 selected projects range from a wetland basin restoration in Chester County to sustainable outreach programs in Erie County. Projects focus on both statewide initiatives, like improving the health of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay, and local projects, such as riparian buffer enhancement and erosion prevention in Four Mile Run, Westmoreland County. Every project supports DEP’s mission of protecting Pennsylvania’s waters.“DEP is proud to support local and regional water quality projects throughout the state,” said Secretary John Quigley. “These investments are essential to protecting and conserving the rivers, streams, and watersheds of Pennsylvania.”The grant awards are made possible by the Growing Greener Grant Program, the largest single investment of state funds that address Pennsylvania’s environmental concerns. Growing Greener encourages partnerships between counties, municipalities, county conservation districts, watershed organizations, and other organizations to restore and protect the environment.The Growing Greener program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees. Twelve projects this year received their funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program, created by the Clean Water Act to reduce water pollution. Four projects received funding from the Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Set Aside Program, funded by the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act and designed to abate AMD pollution. Of the 208 grant applications received for consideration this year, more than half of the proposed projects were awarded grant funding.For more information on the Growing Greener Grant Program, click here or email GrowingGreener@pa.gov.The organizations that were awarded are listed below, by grant type and alphabetically by county, with the project name and funding amount.GROWING GREENER:Adams• Adams County Conservation District, Beaverdam Creek Stream Bank Stabilization: $16,878Allegheny• Allegheny County Conservation District, Montour Run Watershed Assessment and Implementation Plan: $94,065• Allegheny County Parks Foundation, South Park Green Parking Solution: $77,130• Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens, Kentucky Hollow AMD Treatment System: $369,007Armstrong• Armstrong Conservation District, Garretts Run BMP Grant: $245,000Beaver• Allegheny County Conservation District, Raccoon Creek Streambank Remediation: $54,395• Beaver County Conservation District, North Fork Little Beaver Stabilization / Habitat Project II: $25,667• Stream Restoration Incorporated, Raccoon Creek Bank & Buffer Project: $99,785Berks• Berks County Conservation District, Establishing a Berks County Mushroom Environmental Initiative: $111,350• The Trust for Tomorrow, The Maiden Creek Tributary Stream Restoration Project: $116,000Blair• Blair County Conservation District, Blair County – Priority Streambank Restoration Projects: $82,000Bradford• Wysox Creek Watershed Association, Inc., Comprehensive Watershed Conservation in Parks and Bullard Creeks: $758,452Bucks• Heritage Conservancy, Hart’s Woods Preserve Riparian Buffer Restoration: $17,048• Lower Southampton Township, Brookside and Pennsylvania Boulevard Basin Naturalization Projects: $103,777• Township of Bensalem, Cornwells Basin and Constructed Wetland: $173,170Butler• Butler County Conservation District, Little Buffalo AG BMP Grant: $220,500Cambria• Cambria County Conservation District, Emeigh Run Streambank Stabilization Project: $4,505• Stream Restoration Incorporated, Puritan AMD Full Treatment: $538,944Centre• Penns Valley Conservation Association, Upper Penns Creek Watershed Stream Restoration: $172,600Chester• Chester County Conservation District, Restoration of an Unnamed Headwater Tributary to Leech Run: $105,500• Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Installation of Infiltration Trench on Dayleview Road: $150,000• West Goshen Township, Extended Detention Wetland Basin Retrofit-Restoration & Demonstration: $296,400Clearfield• Trout Unlimited, Inc., MR Tuff/MR Frog Rehabilitation & Improvement Project: $91,385• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Knisley Land Restoration-AMD Reduction: $211,778Crawford• Borough of Cochranton, Cochranton Borough Stormwater BMP and Demonstration: $22,840• Crawford County Conservation District, Response to Hydrilla Infestation in Pymatuning Reservoir: $191,833Delaware• Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc., Darby-Cobbs Stormwater Initiative: $89,883• Rose Valley Borough, Ridley Creek Stabilization and Restoration: $39,046Erie• Environment Erie, Service Learning Projects : $31,050• Environment Erie, BeginANEW Stormwater Education and Management: $48,285• Erie County Conservation District, VinNES Sustainable Outreach and BMP Program: $364,610Fayette• Fayette County Conservation District, Stony Fork Ag BMPs Project: $13,373• Fayette County Conservation District, Meadow Run Nonpoint Source Pollution Grant: $27,864• Trout Unlimited, Chestnut Ridge Chapter, Glade Run Alkaline Sand Addition Project: $64,115Franklin• Franklin County Conservation District, Agriculture Planning in UNT Muddy Run: $50,323Greene• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, SGL 223: Whiteley Creek Riparian Planting: $27,800Huntingdon• Huntingdon County Conservation District, Warriors Mark Run Agricultural BMPs (Cox and Conrad Farms): $237,205• Huntingdon County Conservation District, Little Juniata River Agricultural BMPs (Ormsby Farm): $225,352• Huntingdon County Conservation District, Saddler Creek Agricultural BMPs (Metz Farm): $133,403• The Trust for Tomorrow, The Brown Farm at Sadler Creek Stream Restoration Project: $33,000Indiana• Stream Restoration Incorporated, Neal Run Restoration Project – Phase II: $100,000Jefferson• Headwaters Charitable Trust, Howe Creek Coalition of Clarion and Jefferson: $95,587• Headwaters Charitable Trust, Filson 1/2 & Glenn 17 Passive Treatment Systems-Operation, Maintenance & Replacement: $258,217Lackawanna• Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, IHM Center Meadow Brook Watershed Protection Project: $262,158Lancaster• City of Lancaster, Intermunicipal Watershed Action Plan: $40,000• Lancaster Farmland Trust, Pequea Creek Watershed Agricultural BMP’s: $482,592• Octoraro Watershed Association, Bells Run Conservation Plan and BMP Assistance: $64,500Lawrence• Lawrence County Conservation District, Slippery Rock Watershed Agricultural Restoration: $810,283Lebanon• Lebanon Valley Conservancy Inc., Quittapahilla Creek EPA 319 Watershed Implementation Plan: $26,250Lehigh• City of Allentown, Livingston Watershed Green Stormwater Infrastructure: $300,000Luzerne• Butler Township, The Wash Sediment Abatement Project: $170,000• Earth Conservancy, Bliss Bank Reclamation Phase II: $734,600• Luzerne Conservation District, Luzerne County 2015 Ag and Stream Protection Projects: $504,542Lycoming• Lycoming County Conservation District, Agricultural Stormwater BMPs: $150,000McKean• McKean County Conservation District, Upper Allegheny Ag BMP’s Project: $278,986Monroe• Paradise Township, Paradise Creek Restoration Project: $693,596Montgomery• Abington Township, Sandy Run TMDL Projects: $186,000• Lower Gwynedd Township, Lower Gwynedd Basins and Dam Naturalization: $60,850• Upper Gwynedd Township, Wissahickon Headwaters Green Stormwater Infrastructure: $305,000• Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, Wissahickon Headwaters Stream and Riparian Restoration Project: $369,600Montour• Montour County Conservation District, Mahoning Creek Restoration Project: $611,037• Montour County Conservation District, Sitler Roof and Manure Storage Project: $139,165Northampton• Wildlands Conservancy, Inc., Oughoughton Creek Watershed Restoration Project: $106,000Northumberland• Northumberland County Conservation District, Chillisquaque Creek Streambank Stabilization Project: $20,055• Point Township: Kapp Heights Stormwater Management Project – Phase 1: $611,703Philadelphia• Philadelphia City Treasurer, City of Philadelphia Water Department, Germantown Green Bowls on Park Sites: $300,000Schuylkill• Mahanoy Creek Watershed Association, Packer 5 AMD Treatment Design: $85,581• Schuylkill Conservation District, Good Spring Creek Floodplain Restoration Phase 1: $459,445• Schuylkill Conservation District, Mill Creek AMD Watershed Restoration Plan Development: $64,857• Schuylkill Conservation District, Delaware Watershed Agricultural Planning Initiative: $30,000• Schuylkill Conservation District, Animal Heavy Use Area Protection Project: $321,817Snyder• Snyder County Conservation District, Snook Barnyard Improvement Project: $275,000Tioga• Mill Cove Incorporated, Mill Cove Streambank Stabilization Project: $93,000Union• Union County Conservation District, Buffalo Creek Stream Corridor and Wetland Improvement Project: $33,500Warren• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Brokenstraw Creek Watershed Improvement Project: $95,770Washington• Washington County Conservation District, Raccoon Creek Watershed Agricultural BMPs: $81,608• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Blaine Township Park Restoration: $113,200Westmoreland• Loyalhanna Watershed Association, Inc., Fourmile Run Restoration Project: $328,000• Westmoreland County Conservation District, Turtle Creek Ag BMPs – Steel’s Run: $22,965• Westmoreland County Conservation District, First Presbyterian Church of Murrysville, Murrysville Volunteer Fire Company: $102,893• Westmoreland County Conservation District, Beaver Run AG BMPs #2 – Rebitch Farm: $15,655• Westmoreland County Conservation District, Sloan Elementary School: $129,085Wyoming• Mehoopany Creek Watershed Association, Inc., Rogers Hollow Stream Restoration – Phase 1 Construction: $397,998Multiple Counties• Bucktail Watershed Association, Defending Native Plants in the First Fork: $24,130• Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, Stream Restoration and BMP Implementation: $354,972• Northwest Pennsylvania Eminent Community Institute, Management & Continuation of the Northwest PA Greenways Implementation Block Grants: $400,000• Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc., PACD Engineering Technical Assistance Program: $1,528,516• Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, TreeVitalize XII: $250,000• Pennsylvania State University, PaOneStop Manure Management & Nutrient Balance Modules: $168,208• Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development Council, C-SAW-Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (1X): $820,000• Stream Restoration Incorporated, Datashed 3: $105,718• Stream Restoration Incorporated: Passive Treatment O&M Technical Assistance 3: $180,000• Stroud Water Research Center, Inc., Delivering the Berks-Chester RCPP: $249,922• Trout Unlimited, Inc., West Branch Susquehanna Recovery Benchmark II: $128,515• Trout Unlimited, Inc., AMD Technical Assistance Program: $225,000• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Community Riparian Restoration Education Project: $57,635• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Driftwood Branch Sinnemahoning Creek Riparian Restoration: $65,458• Wildlands Conservancy, Inc., Black Creek Watershed AMD Restoration Plan: $70,191TOTAL: $20,694,678319 NONPOINT SOURCE GRANTS RECIPIENTS:Allegheny• Pine Creek Land Conservation Trust, Crouse Run Stream Restoration: $13,800Bedford• Broad Top Township, Sandy Run SA0-D10 AMD Remediation: $400,000Berks• Berks County Conservation District, Surface Water Assessment in the Maiden & Sacony Creek Watersheds: $60,080Clearfield• Clearfield County Conservation District, Deer Creek AMD Treatment Construction: $883,174Cumberland• Cumberland County Conservation District, Middle Spring Creek WIP Implementation Phase II: $62,912Delaware• Villanova University: VUSP – PaDEP – Stormwater Best Management Practice National Monitoring Site: $323,366Indiana• Indiana County Conservation District, WIP SW Region Ag Initiative: $285,092Lancaster• West Lampeter Township, Groff Property Floodplain Restoration: $198,950Mifflin• Mifflin County Conservation District, Upper Kishacoquillas Creek and Hungry Run Surface Water Assessment: $72,692Schuylkill• Schuylkill Headwaters Association, Inc., Reevesdale #2 AMD Restoration Project Phase 2 – Optimization: $485,722Westmoreland• Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Mt. Pleasant Plaza Storm Water Retrofit (Green Infrastructure): $233,299• Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Mt. Pleasant Shop N Save: $235,926TOTAL: $3,255,013ACID MINE DRAINAGE (AMD) SET-ASIDE GRANTS RECIPIENTS:Elk• Headwaters Charitable Trust, Kyler Hollow AMD Passive Treatment System – ALD 1 & ALD 2 Rehabilitation: $618,118• Headwaters Charitable Trust, Hayes Run & Backside Hayes AMD Passive Treatment Systems – Modifications/Improvements: $384,918Fayette• Mountain Watershed Association, Inc., Rondell-Correal AMD Treatment System: $123,543Schuylkill• Schuylkill Conservation District, Upper Swatara Creek QHUP AMD Monitoring Project: $67,024TOTAL: $1,193,603GRAND TOTAL: $25,143,294# # # SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Investing $25.1 Million in Projects to Protect and Improve Pennsylvania Water Resources
Ollie Jung | Daily TrojanFor the first time in a while at USC, people are staring longingly over at Westwood. The Bruins may be trending down with two losses in their last three games, but right now, UCLA has something the Trojans desperately want: a bye week.People have been harping on USC’s lack of a midseason break since the team released its schedule in January. But what seemed like over-exaggerated preseason speculation has proved true. Injuries have significantly depleted the Trojan ranks four weeks into the season, and most recently, the team has lost senior offensive guard Viane Talamaivao to a year-ending pectoral surgery.When the team runs onto the field at the Coliseum on Saturday, it will likely be without three of its regular offensive linemen (after losing three starting linemen last spring to the NFL Draft). The Trojans’ top pass-rusher, junior linebacker Porter Gustin, remains without a timetable for return from a bicep injury, and redshirt sophomore tight end Daniel Imatorbhbhe hasn’t played since the season opener against Western Michigan after emerging as an oft-targeted red-zone threat last year. A host of other significant contributors are on the injury report as well, from freshman running back Stephen Carr to junior defensive lineman Rasheem Green.Fortunately, Oregon State is in town this week — and the Beavers are the closest USC gets to a bye this season. No disrespect to Gary Andersen’s squad, but Oregon State has only won one game this fall: a 3-point victory over winless FCS outfit Portland State. Most recently, the Beavers took a four-touchdown loss to Washington State, had a bye week and then came back with a seven-touchdown drubbing at the hands of Washington. Under normal circumstances, head coach Clay Helton could take this week as an opportunity to sit any players who could use an extra week of rest. Maybe he would even get a chance to show Trojan fans a glimpse of the future, playing one of his two freshman quarterbacks.Then again, that’s what many thought against Western Michigan on Week 1. And these aren’t normal circumstances. Not only has USC carried serious championship expectations since the start of the calendar year, but the team is also coming off its first loss of the season last Friday night. The Trojans’ deflating defeat to Washington State leaves them no margin for error over the next seven-plus weeks. They enter Saturday as whopping 34-point favorites over Oregon State, and they will have to come close to covering that spread in order to convince skeptics — undoubtedly including some on the College Football Playoff selection committee — that the loss to the Cougars was a bump in the road, not the collapse of a fatally flawed team.So as much as Helton and his squad could use a break, they don’t have the luxury of manufacturing one this week. The Trojans may be beat-up, but the starters (especially on offense) haven’t looked fully in-sync all year and were at their worst last Friday. They need the reps on Saturday to generate some confidence and momentum with a key two-game stretch against Utah and at Notre Dame coming up next.And no one needs a confidence boost more than redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold. Though he continues to show glimpses of the one-of-a-kind playmaking ability that catapulted him to the top of NFL draft boards, Darnold has also shown questionable decision-making this season, and he has uncharacteristically missed multiple open receivers.Darnold’s recent struggles aren’t necessarily entirely his fault: Receivers have had trouble getting open, and the in-flux offensive line is doing him no favors, forcing Darnold to run for his life against Washington State. But no matter what is to blame, this weekend is a ripe opportunity to get back on track. USC’s very green line will have a chance to find some rhythm as a unit against an Oregon State pass rush that has averaged just 1.2 sacks per game this fall — tied for 110th in the nation. Meanwhile, a presumably better-protected Darnold will look to pick apart a unit that ranks 120th in total defense out of 129 FBS programs.On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s unit, which ranks sixth in the country with 12 forced turnovers, will be salivating at the prospect of facing the Beavers, who are second-to-last in the FBS with 14 giveaways. Oregon State’s overall offense isn’t very intimidating, either: its mark of 321.6 yards per game ranks 112th nationally, and the team’s 21.2 points per game are good for 110th, behind winless dumpster fires like Baylor and UMass.The Beavers deserve as much respect as any other opponent, but Saturday is undeniably a soft matchup for the Trojans. The team may not get a bye, but a cupcake conference game is the next best thing. Ideally, USC would flip on cruise control from the start and get to next week healthy and rested. Helton and company desperately need a statement victory, though — and they will need to keep their foot on the gas in order to turn heads. A three-touchdown win will be a nonfactor on the Trojans’ playoff resume. A 40-point demolition job, on the other hand, may just convince doubters to reconsider their stance.This weekend needs to be a wake-up call, not just to USC but also to the rest of the college football world. The playoff dream is still alive — the Trojans just need to remind everyone before it’s too late.Ollie Jung is a senior studying print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, Jung Money, runs Fridays.