Pennsylvania Governor Announces Funding for Bay Watershed Stormwater Projects

A week after the Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced findings that Pennsylvania was falling behind in its goals to reduce pollution, that state has announced funding to support 17 different stormwater projects in the Bay watershed.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced more than $2 million in improvements.

“The convenience we all enjoy with pavement comes with a tangible cost: increased runoff pollution in our local waters,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m pleased to support the municipalities—towns, cities and other large land owners—striving to meet the stormwater challenge in Pennsylvania.”

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is imposing new stormwater management requirements on municipalities, including 340 in the Bay watershed. The requirements are part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit program.

The previous week, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation released its assessment of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia's progress in meeting milestone goals for pollution reduction. It found Pennsylvania was significantly off track in reducing nitrogen and phosphorus in the Bay watershed.

“This funding targets projects in our Bay watershed counties with the highest pollutant loads. Collectively, the projects will remove 396 pounds of phosphorous, 2,800 pounds of nitrogen, and almost 800,000 pounds of sediment from local waters,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

Projects are funded through the EPA Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grants Program. 

The complete list of projects approved includes:
•    Altoona City: St. Therese of the Child Jesus rain garden phase 2 ($55,349)
•    Blair Township: Edgewood Drive stormwater basin retrofit ($100,000)
•    Carlisle Borough: Urban stormwater park native wetland plantings ($200,000)
•    Denver Borough: Denver Memorial Park rain gardens and streambank restoration ($38,220)
•    Duncansville Borough: Duncansville Memorial Park bioretention, rain gardens, and permeable pavement ($200,000)
•    East Lampeter Township: Mill Bridge Campground riparian buffer stream restoration ($199,610)
•    Goldsboro Borough: Stream restoration between South York and Water Streets ($86,290)
•    Mechanicsburg: Northside stormwater basin retrofit ($164,381)
•    Mount Joy Borough: Rotary Park vegetation swale ($64,633) and Pink Alley stormwater basin retrofit ($40,422)
•    Lancaster Township: Kensington Club stormwater basin retrofit ($200,000)
•    Lemoyne Borough: Streambank restoration at Harrisburg Academy ($176,700)
•    Paradise Township: BMC Paradise Truss Plant retrofit ($142,082)
•    Paxtang Borough: Paxtang Parkway rain garden ($72,000)
•    Rapho Township: Lefever Road stormwater basin retrofit ($161,360)
•    Spring Grove Borough: Campus Avenue stream restoration phase 1 ($185,000)
•    York: Memorial Park Poorhouse Run streambank restoration ($200,00)

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