Dept. of Environmental Protection

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




John Repetz, DEP



Wolf Administration Announces State Investment to Improve Water Quality in Lancaster County

Harrisburg, PA - The Wolf Administration today announced grant funding to incentivize the installation of riparian buffers in Lancaster County. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded a $400,000 Growing Greener grant to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Inc.


“Riparian buffers serve as a transition from land to water and act as filters that reduce the amount of sediment and other pollutants entering our waterways,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Limiting such runoff improves local water quality, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.”


This 2019 Growing Greener grant will improve water quality by accelerating the implementation of riparian buffers in priority watersheds in Lancaster County through the creation of a multi-faceted incentive program. The incentives will encourage farmers to stabilize streambanks, install or restore riparian buffers, and install stormwater structures which will result in estimated annual reductions of 425 tons of sediment, more than 3,500 pounds of phosphorus, and nearly 4,000 pounds of nitrogen to streams, creeks, and rivers.


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.