DEP Offers Funding for Projects to Improve Local Water Quality by Reducing Stormwater Runoff
Grants will fund urban stormwater best management practices in Chesapeake Bay Watershed
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has opened a grant program to control urban stormwater and improve local water quality. Municipalities within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are eligible to apply. (Note: PSATS has contacted DEP and confirmed that townships located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are included in the list of eligible municipalities.)
Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed includes the following counties: Adams; Bedford; Blair; Bradford; Cambria; Cameron; Centre; Clearfield; Clinton; Columbia; Cumberland; Dauphin; Elk; Franklin; Fulton; Huntingdon; Juniata; Lackawanna; Lancaster; Lebanon; Luzerne; Lycoming; Mifflin; Montour; Northumberland; Perry; Potter; Schuylkill; Snyder; Sullivan; Susquehanna; Tioga; Union; Wyoming; and York.
“Urban stormwater runoff has a big role in local water quality, it’s so important to manage that stormwater properly to prevent pollution from reaching our waterways,” said DEP Secretary John Quigley. “These grants will serve as a valuable tool to enable local governments to improve their urban stormwater management and ultimately, their water quality and that of their neighbors downstream.”
The grants will fund construction of urban stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to reduce the discharge of nutrients and sediments delivered to local waterways, and eventually, the Chesapeake Bay. Eligible projects include but are not limited to:
- Permeable pavement
- Urban stream restoration
- Urban tree planting
- Green roofs
- Wetlands and wet ponds
Projects must be completed within two years of the grant award. Grants will be selected on a competitive basis.
The money for these grants is provided by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. There is $2,300,000 available for the grant program. The maximum funding amount per applicant is $200,000.
Projects cannot be associated with new development or for new detention basins. Projects must be within urbanized areas according to the latest Decennial Census in which National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage is required for the discharge of stormwater from municipal separate storm sewer systems, or for discharges from combined sewer overflows through combined sewer systems.
Register for Free Roadway Construction Safety Courses
The PennDOT Local Technical Assistance Program invites township officials and employees to attend free roadway safety construction training in September and October. See below for course descriptions, dates, and locations. The training is being provided by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.
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Preventing Runovers and Backovers
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: This 3-hour course is promoted by OSHA and helps to reduce fatalities and accidents in the roadway construction industry by separating trucks and heavy machines from workers on foot in the work zone.
Roadway Safety Plus-RS +
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: This 2-hour course enables the student to use the RS+ Software, which is possibly the most advanced interactive software for roadway construction safety. Participants are taught how to use this program for their continued learning and how to provide this training to others. This course is more aimed at managers, supervisors, foremen, and personnel in charge of the workers’ safety training. This free RS+ software is provided to each participant.
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Central Pa. APWA Symposium scheduled for September
Public works employees in central Pennsylvania are invited to the annual symposium of the local chapter of the American Public Works Association. The event will be held September 17 at the Windsor Township Public Works Building in York County.
The symposium will include educational sessions by PennDOT LTAP on signage for bridges and winter maintenance, as well as Public Works Association short classes on gas line safety and the monitoring system used by York Water.
Vendors will also be on hand, and activities include the ever-popular lawn mower rodeo and cone toss contest, with cash prizes.
The event is free for public works employees and includes lunch. For more information and a registration form, call Vance Spicer at (717) 875-2612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.