COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lauren Fraley, DEP
Wolf Administration Announces State Investment in Westmoreland County’s Brush Creek Watershed
Harrisburg, PA - The Wolf Administration today announced grant funding to kick-start a watershed improvement project in Westmoreland County. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded the Penn Township Commissioners $70,000.
The Growing Greener grant will be used to help manage stormwater in the Brush Creek watershed. Funding will go toward the design, permitting, survey, and project management of the Harrison Park Stormwater System conversion of two existing stormwater detention basins to dry detention basins which will reduce sediment from stormwater runoff from entering Brush Creek. This project was proposed by Penn Township as part of the township’s pollution reduction plan to meet their municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) requirements.
“Through partnerships like this between state and local governments, we’re helping communities become more resilient to weather future storm events,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
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.