COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Virginia Cain, DEP
Wolf Administration Announces State Investments for Stormwater Management in Delaware County
Harrisburg, PA - The Wolf Administration today announced grant funding for three projects in Delaware County to study, manage, and reduce stormwater runoff. Funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc., Newtown Township, and Villanova University will receive a collective total of $332,328 in grant funding to focus on innovative techniques and initiatives to address stormwater.
“Whether it’s a rain barrel, a garden designed by an engineer, or state of the art research, every effort makes a difference when it comes to stormwater”, said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “There is no effort too small or ambition too high in addressing one of the biggest challenges facing our urban environments.”
The $157,575 awarded to the Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc. will expand on a previously funded Grower Greener project designed to empower residents to do their part in reducing the impacts of uncontrolled runoff by deploying simple, low-cost techniques on their properties.
Newtown Township will be using $11,857 to design and construct two rain gardens on Township-owned properties to treat stormwater runoff from existing impervious surfaces.
Villanova University will use $162,896 in Growing Greener funds to utilize existing stormwater facilities on its campus to quantitatively research and evaluate stormwater collection and reuse techniques.
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.