Have a streambank buffer zone or wetland project in Pennsylvania that you've been putting off for the lack of money? Then talk to your local soil and water conservation district about collaborating for a Growing Greener grant.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for the Growing Greener Grant Program for watershed protection and abandoned mine drainage projects. Applications submitted through local governments, non-profits, schools, and watershed associations are due by July 11.
A total of $16 million is available through the Pennsylvania Growing Greener program for projects to improve water quality in impaired waterways or to protect water quality where the watershed may be threatened by non-point sources, such as agricultural runoff. Approved projects must be completed by September 30,, 2018.
Pennsylvania works with Soil and Water Conservation Districts and watershed associations, targeting funds to priority watersheds in need of restoration, identified through the development of an approved Section 319 Nonpoint Source Watershed Implementation Plan. The federal Water Pollution Control Act will provide $3 million for projects to support restoration of 35 such watersheds across the state. Projects for this section of the grant solicitation must be completed by Sept. 30, 2018.
As part of its innovative and award-winning program to restore abandoned mine sites, DEP also announced $2 million in federal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act funding for abandoned mine drainage projects. The federal program is funded by a fee on the active mining industry. The state is also accepting applications for projects to reclaim mine sites that have forfeited reclamation bonds.
Applications must be postmarked no later than July 11 and mailed to the DEP Grant Center at P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105. If hand delivered, the package must be received by the Center by 4 p.m. on July 11.