Request for Applications for Watershed Protection and Restoration Grants and Flood Protection Grants Through the Growing Greener Plus Program
[39 Pa.B. 2494]
[Saturday, May 16, 2009]
As part of the 2009 Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) Growing Greener Plus Program, applications are now being accepted for watershed protection and restoration grants. Under 27 Pa.C.S. §§ 6101--6113 (relating to Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Act), the Department is authorized to allocate these grants to a variety of eligible applications including: counties, authorities and other municipalities; county conservation districts; watershed organizations recognized by Department who promote local watershed conservation efforts, council of governments and other authorized organizations involved in the restoration and protection of the environment in this Commonwealth.
For the upcoming grant round, the Department will invest in projects that will ultimately protect and/or restore this Commonwealth's watersheds from impairment due to nonpoint source pollution. Examples of special priority areas include: Watershed Renaissance--comprehensive watershed plan implementation in a small watershed; projects located in ''priority'' watersheds that reduce the source of impairment; and ''priority'' type activities that lead to water quality restoration or protection.
Examples of eligible projects could include reducing nonpoint source pollution in watersheds where streams are impaired; integrating stormwater management and flood protection into watershed management; encouraging the beneficial use of abandoned mine pool water; and water conservation strategies and projects that will help reduce Total Maximum Daily Load pollutants.
Through the same application process, applicants can also apply for funding through the Department's Flood Protection Grant Program and Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant. Flood protection grants are for communities that operate and maintain State and Federal flood protection projects. Section 319 grants focus on funding similar projects to Growing Greener but with special emphasis within targeted watersheds.
The deadline for submitting applications to the Department's Growing Greener Grants Center (Center) is July 17, 2009. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 17, 2009. If hand delivered, the package must be received by the Center by 4 p.m. on July 17, 2009, at the address that follows. Late submissions will not be considered.
To request or download an application or obtain more information concerning the Growing Greener Programs, visit the Growing Greener web site at www.depweb. state.pa.us (DEP Keyword: Growing Greener). Persons can send e-mails to GrowingGreener@state.pa.us or contact the Center at (717) 705-5400. Written requests should be addressed to: Department of Environmental Protection, Grants Center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, P. O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-887. Filed for public inspection May 15, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]
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