George Announces $746,000 Boost to Stream Clean-Ups

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Camille “Bud” George, D-74 of Clearfield County said that more than $746,000 in Growing Greener grants have been awarded locally to help restore abandoned-mine-damaged streams.

“Water resources and watersheds are vital to our future,” said George, chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. “The watershed restoration and protection grants awarded by Gov. Rendell are a significant step to restoring these polluted streams.”

Grants announced by the state Department of Environmental Protection include:

? Emigh Run/Lakeside Watershed Association, $170,000 for mine-drainage treatment of Emigh Run;

? Emigh Run/Lakeside Watershed Association, $17,292 for an acid-mine treatment study of Hubler Run;

? Pike Township, $400,082 for to address acid-mine discharges in Anderson Creek;

? Lawrence Township, $47,063 for the design and permitting costs of a passive treatment system for an unnamed tributary of Montgomery Creek;

? Clearfield Creek Watershed Association Inc., $49,000 to assess acid-mine drainage to Muddy Run and its tributaries and to develop a restoration-and-sampling plan;

? Moshannon Creek Watershed Coalition, $62,000 to assess acid-mine drainage in Moshannon Creek from Bear Run to Trout Run and to complete a restoration plan.

“Communities, school groups and Boy Scouts have banded together to return life to these streams,” George said. “The grants help put muscle behind their admirable efforts.”

The local grants were among $22.3 million awarded recently for 124 projects across the state. Also receiving Growing Greener grants for multi-county projects were:

? The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, more than $6.1 million;

? The Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, $321,500;

? Trout Unlimited, more than $226,000, including $81,000 to provide updated water-quality data for the entire West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

Growing Greener and Growing Greener II, the largest investments of state funds in Pennsylvania’s history, are designed to improve the Commonwealth’s economic and environmental health.

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