HARRISBURG – Two Erie projects focused on stream restoration have received a combined $400,000 in grants, Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) announced.
The grants were awarded Tuesday by the Commonwealth Finance Authority through the Watershed Restoration Protection Program (WRPP).
The City of Erie will use $200,000 for the Garrison Run Stream Restoration, which seeks to reduce the sediment load of the stream, which the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has identified as being impaired by sediment load. The restoration work will be done on a section of the stream located on the fenced property of the Erie Wastewater Treatment Plant running along Port Access Road.
Another $200,000 will be used by the city to reduce the sediment load of Cemetery Run, with the restoration work to be done on the portion of the stream that runs along the west side of Cranch Road between the roadway and Lakeside Cemetery.
“By addressing the sediment issues, both projects will improve the water quality of the two streams and put them on the path to no longer being impaired,” said Laughlin.
Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for watershed restoration and protection projects. WRPP’s overall goal is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately remove these streams from the DEP’s Impaired Waters list.
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