BETHLEHEM, January 22, 2014 – State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection will invest almost $ 715,000 in watershed protection projects to improve watersheds, reduce stormwater runoff and acid mine drainage (AMD), and support educational programs, among other environmental efforts under the Growing Greener Program.

“The Growing Greener program plays an important role in protecting our natural environment,” Boscola said.  She added, “These groups and organizations now have added incentive and the necessary funds to keep our environment safe and prosperous.”

The recipients of the Growing Greener Grants in the 18th Senatorial District are as follows:

  • Bangor Borough, Messinger Street Emergency Stormwater Design: $40,625
  • Bethlehem Township, Monocacy Creek Spillway and BMP Retrofits: $56,500
  • Bethlehem City, Monocacy Sreek Watershed Environmental Assessment: $150,000
  • Martins-Jacoby Watershed Association, Atlas Dam Removal: $420,900
  • Plainfield  Township, Little Bushkill Watershed Management Plan: $46,942

Two of the primary goals under Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener Program are to invest in projects that protect watersheds from impairment due to nonpoint source pollution and to restore waterways damaged by non-point source pollution. Some examples of priority activities are restoration work to reduce pollutant load in impaired watersheds for which total maximum daily loads have been developed; projects in priority watersheds that would reduce the source of impairment; and priority activities that lead to water quality restoration and protection.

“I am pleased that these funds will assist the organizations to continue to display a gracious service to our natural environment,” Boscola said.