COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Neil Shader, DEP
Wolf Administration Announces State Investment to Install Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Montgomery County
Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced grant funding to implement a stormwater infrastructure outreach program in Montgomery County. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded a grant of $100,000 to the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.
This Growing Greener grant will be used to launch “Stream Smart”, an outreach program designed to recruit residents willing to learn about, install, and maintain green stormwater infrastructure on residential properties. Embracing actions such as rain barrels, tree planting, and rain gardens in the Sandy Run watershed are expected to reduce stream sediment by more than 3,500 pounds per year.
“Innovative projects such as this will likely serve as a demonstration for future outreach and residential projects”, said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Working together as partners, neighbors and communities is vital to the long-term success of these efforts.”
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.