HARRISBURG (Jan. 10, 2017) The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering grants of up to $200,000 to local entities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for stormwater management projects, Sen. Mike Regan (R-31) announced today.
The grants will help local entities implement best management practices to reduce the amount of nutrients and sediment pollution in local waterways.
The program is available to counties, cities, boroughs, townships, incorporated towns and municipal authorities. Stormwater projects must be located in Cumberland, Dauphin, York and surrounding counties.
“We can advance the goal of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and improving local water quality by helping local governments secure these much-needed funds,” Sen. Regan said.
Some examples of eligible projects include raingardens, bio-swales, urban nutrient management/tree planting, vegetated open channels/roofs and wet ponds and wetland preservation. The projects can be located on either public or private property.
No local matching funds are required. Funding for the projects is competitive, and a scoring system will be used to evaluate the applications. The grant application, due by March 3, must include a description of the project and timetable for the work.
Please visit http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/View/Collection-12545 for application instructions and eligibility. Other parties who wish to obtain funding for a stormwater project are encouraged to approach the eligible local entity where the project would be located and offer to assist with the project application and management.
The grant program is federally funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and administered by DEP.
Grant monies will be awarded on September 1, 2017.
CONTACT: Noah Karn (717) 787-8524