Dept. of Environmental Protection

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




Neil Shader, DEP



Wolf Administration Announces Grants to Bolster Watershed Restoration Workforce

Harrisburg, PA - The Wolf Administration today announced two grants to Penn State University to expand and develop the ranks of trained stewards to help restore and protect Pennsylvania waterways.


A $111,038 grant will expand Penn State University’s Master Watershed Steward program into Cumberland and Lancaster counties. This program provides watershed management training to volunteers, who then dedicate time to water quality project implementation, research, and community education.


The second grant, for $70,000, will be for internships for students trained in farm conservation and best management practice techniques. These interns will work with county conservation districts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and will gain practical, hands-on experience in farmland conservation efforts. 


“These grants will develop the next generation of water and farmland stewards,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Investing in students and new volunteers now will pay dividends in the future.”


Both grants are through the Growing Greener program. 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.