Growing Greener Plus Grants Program
[49 Pa.B. 6623]
[Saturday, November 2, 2019]
As part of the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) Growing Greener Plus Grants Program, applications will soon be accepted for Growing Greener (Watershed Restoration and Protection) grants under 27 Pa.C.S. §§ 6101—6119 (relating to the Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Act) and Bond Forfeiture and Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) Set-Aside grants under section 18(j) of the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) (52 P.S. § 1396.18(j)). Growing Greener grants are designed to improve or protect this Commonwealth's waters from nonpoint source pollution associated with agricultural activities, AMD, stormwater runoff, energy resource extraction, and streambank and shoreline degradation, while Bond Forfeiture and AMD Set-Aside grants are designed to address legacy mining impacts.
Eligible applicants include counties, municipalities, municipal authorities, county conservation districts, watershed organizations, councils of governments, educational institutions and other authorized organizations involved in water resource restoration and protection.
The Department has identified multiple priority areas for this grant solicitation. Priority areas for Growing Greener grants include projects that reduce nonpoint source pollution—especially nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment pollution from agricultural and stormwater runoff—as well as AMD-related iron, aluminum, acidity and sediment pollution. The Department is particularly interested in design and construction projects that implement effective best management practices (BMPs) that reduce or eliminate pollutant loadings and lead to local water quality improvements. Additional priority areas include: implementation of countywide action plan projects as part of the Commonwealth's Phase 3 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan; restoration of floodplains; implementation of BMPs in municipal separate storm sewer system municipalities as identified in an approved pollutant reduction plan; implementation of projects in watersheds identified as restoration priorities in the Department's 2018 Integrated Water Quality Report; and development of plans to address agricultural erosion and sedimentation or nutrient and manure management.
Through the same application process, applicants can also apply for funding through the Department's SMCRA Grant Programs to address legacy mining impacts. SMCRA grants are available to various entities including municipalities, municipal authorities and nonprofit organizations for projects meeting AMD Set-Aside or Bond Forfeiture grant requirements.
Grant applications and all attachments must be submitted through the Commonwealth's Electronic Single Application web site, eGrants, at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. The application period opens Monday, November 4, 2019, and will remain open through Friday, December 20, 2019. Any applications submitted after 5 p.m. on December 20, 2019, will not be considered.
To obtain more information about the Growing Greener Plus Grants program, visit the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (select ''Residents,'' then ''Grants, Loans and Rebates,'' then ''Growing Greener'').
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-1640. Filed for public inspection November 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]
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