Dept. of Environmental Protection

Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120




Virginia Cain, DEP



Wolf Administration Announces State Investments to Restore Streambanks, Improve Recreational Trails in Philadelphia

Harrisburg, PA - The Wolf Administration today announced grant funding to improve streambanks and stabilize shorelines in the City of Philadelphia. Funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Schuylkill River Development Corporation and Friends of the Wissahickon, Inc. will receive $730,000 in grant funding to expand its community development efforts. 


“Whether it’s a brand-new trail or a community favorite, improving and protecting the banks along these routes is just as important as the trail itself”, said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “These grants embody the intersectionality of conservation and recreation and DEP is honored to support such efforts.” 


The $330,000 Growing Greener grant awarded to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation is to be used for the installation of water quality improvement measures, such as shore stabilization, stormwater management, and riparian buffer creation along the Schuylkill Banks. 


Friends of the Wissahickon will be using $400,000 in Growing Greener funds to restore 315 feet of streambank along the Lower Valley Green Run near the confluence with Wissahickon Creek. These restoration efforts include replacing eroded slopes and establishing five acres of new riparian buffers. 


One of the largest investments into Pennsylvania’s environment, Growing Greener projects have been instrumental in cleaning up abandoned mine lands, preserving farmland, and protecting and restoring watersheds throughout the commonwealth. 


The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees.