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Apply for Growing Greener Watershed Protection/Restoration Grants

Monday September 17th, 2012

The Pa. Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications through October 26 for watershed protection and restoration grants. Eligible applicants include municipalities, councils of governments, municipal authorities, county conservation districts, and watershed organizations recognized by the department that promote local watershed conservation.

Grants are available for projects that will protect and/or restore watersheds from impairment due to nonpoint source pollution. Examples of special priority areas include:

  • projects located in ''priority'' watersheds that reduce the source of impairment;
  • ''priority'' type activities that lead to water quality restoration or protection; and
  • projects that support the installation of agricultural best management practices to comply with existing agricultural water quality requirements.

Examples of eligible projects include those that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in watersheds where streams are impaired, help reduce total maximum daily load pollutants, and integrate stormwater management into watershed management and water conservation strategies.

Applicants can also apply for funding through DEP's Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act Grant Programs and Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program. SMCRA grants are available to various entities including municipalities, municipal authorities, and incorporated nonprofit organizations for projects meeting SMCRA Set Aside or Bond Forfeiture grant requirements. Section 319 grants focus on funding projects similar to Growing Greener but with special emphasis within targeted watersheds.

Click here to download a grant application or here to visit the Growing Greener website.

For more information, email or call (717) 705-5400.