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DEP Offers Funding for Projects to Improve Local Water Quality by Reducing Stormwater Runoff

Tuesday August 11th, 2015

Grants will fund urban stormwater best management practices in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has opened a grant program to control urban stormwater and improve local water quality. Municipalities within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are eligible to apply. (Note: PSATS has contacted DEP and confirmed that townships located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are included in the list of eligible municipalities.)

Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed includes the following counties: Adams; Bedford; Blair; Bradford; Cambria; Cameron; Centre; Clearfield; Clinton; Columbia; Cumberland; Dauphin; Elk; Franklin; Fulton; Huntingdon; Juniata; Lackawanna; Lancaster; Lebanon; Luzerne; Lycoming; Mifflin; Montour; Northumberland; Perry; Potter; Schuylkill; Snyder; Sullivan; Susquehanna; Tioga; Union; Wyoming; and York.

“Urban stormwater runoff has a big role in local water quality, it’s so important to manage that stormwater properly to prevent pollution from reaching our waterways,” said DEP Secretary John Quigley. “These grants will serve as a valuable tool to enable local governments to improve their urban stormwater management and ultimately, their water quality and that of their neighbors downstream.”

The grants will fund construction of urban stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to reduce the discharge of nutrients and sediments delivered to local waterways, and eventually, the Chesapeake Bay. Eligible projects include but are not limited to: 

  • Raingardens/bioretention
  • Permeable pavement
  • Urban stream restoration
  • Urban tree planting
  • Green roofs
  • Wetlands and wet ponds

Projects must be completed within two years of the grant award. Grants will be selected on a competitive basis.

The money for these grants is provided by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. There is $2,300,000 available for the grant program. The maximum funding amount per applicant is $200,000.

Projects cannot be associated with new development or for new detention basins. Projects must be within urbanized areas according to the latest Decennial Census in which National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage is required for the discharge of stormwater from municipal separate storm sewer systems, or for discharges from combined sewer overflows through combined sewer systems.

Click here to apply or contact Leif Rowles at or 717-783-2290. Grant applications are due no later than October 9.

Register for Free Roadway Construction Safety Courses

Friday August 7th, 2015

The PennDOT Local Technical Assistance Program invites township officials and employees to attend free roadway safety construction training in September and October. See below for course descriptions, dates, and locations. The training is being provided by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

Click here to register. This link will open a Microsoft Word document that you can complete online and submit by email, fax, or mail. (When the form opens, click "Enable Editing" at the top of the page to be able to complete the form.)

Preventing Runovers and Backovers
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: This 3-hour course is promoted by OSHA and helps to reduce fatalities and accidents in the roadway construction industry by separating trucks and heavy machines from workers on foot in the work zone.

Roadway Safety Plus-RS +
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: This 2-hour course enables the student to use the RS+ Software, which is possibly the most advanced interactive software for roadway construction safety.  Participants are taught how to use this program for their continued learning and how to provide this training to others.  This course is more aimed at managers, supervisors, foremen, and personnel in charge of the workers’ safety training. This free RS+ software is provided to each participant.

September 16, 2015

PA Turnpike Commission Central
Administration Building
700 South Eisenhower Blvd.
Middletown, PA 17057

September 17, 2015

PA Turnpike Commission
Eastern Regional Office
Milepost 330.2 E/B
251 Flint Hill Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406-2637

October 6, 2015

PA Turnpike Commission
Western Regional Office
2200 North Center Avenue
New Stanton, PA 15672-9602

October 7, 2015

Hutchinson Lodge
Pearson Park Drive
New Castle, PA 16105

October 8, 2015

Wheeling Park
Stone Bldg (Club Room.)
1801 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003






Central Pa. APWA Symposium scheduled for September

Friday July 17th, 2015

Public works employees in central Pennsylvania are invited to the annual symposium of the local chapter of the American Public Works Association. The event will be held September 17 at the Windsor Township Public Works Building in York County.

The symposium will include educational sessions by PennDOT LTAP on signage for bridges and winter maintenance, as well as Public Works Association short classes on gas line safety and the monitoring system used by York Water.

Vendors will also be on hand, and activities include the ever-popular lawn mower rodeo and cone toss contest, with cash prizes.

The event is free for public works employees and includes lunch. For more information and a registration form, call Vance Spicer at (717) 875-2612 or email

Submit Your Citizen Communication Contest Entries by Aug. 31!

Tuesday June 30th, 2015

If your township has published a newsletter or other publication to communicate with residents in the past year, show your pride in a job well-done by entering it in PSATS’ 48th Annual Township Citizen Communication Contest. Eligible publications or other forms of communication must have been produced between August 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015.

Entries must be received by August 31.

Thirty-one awards in eight categories will be up for grabs. Winners will receive a framed certificate and coverage in the Township News. All entrants will also compete for the 25th Annual Outstanding Citizen Communication Award, which will be presented at PSATS’ Annual Conference to the township that exhibits an exceptional commitment to informing its residents.

The contest honors townships for their citizen communication efforts in the following categories:

  • Newsletters
  • Most improved newsletter
  • Electronic newsletters (This category is for electronic newsletters that are produced strictly for the Web. Printed newsletters that are posted on a township’s website as a PDF are not eligible.)
  • Annual reports (Year-end budget or financial reports that include figures but no text or graphics are not eligible.)
  • Other publications, including brochures and calendars of events
  • Cable TV channels and programs (Audiotapes are not eligible.)
  • Websites
  • Social media (Judges will evaluate townships’ overall use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and other resources to communicate with their residents.)

Entries in the printed newsletter category will be judged according to the following population ranges:

  • 2,000 and under
  • 2,001-5,000
  • 5,001-10,000
  • 10,001 and over

Entries in the remaining categories will compete against one another regardless of township population.

Each entry will be judged on the usefulness of information presented, how well the information is communicated, and the entry’s attractiveness, readability, or technical quality, depending on the media being judged. First-, second-, and third-place awards will be given in all categories unless the entries fail to meet the minimum standards of the judges.

Awards will be mailed to winners in November, and the Association will publish an article in the Township News about the winning entries and send news releases to the winners’ local news media.

To enter, provide the following:

  • For newsletters and other printed publications, send three copies of each entry.
  • For websites and social media, send three printouts of the home page and the Internet address for judges to access the sites.
  • For cable TV channels and programs, send three DVDs of each entry. Please note: Each township is limited to three entries in this category.

Each entry must be accompanied by a cover letter noting the category being entered and, for printed newsletters, the town­ship’s population.

If submitting multiple publications in one category, such as Newsletters or Other Publications, please indicate whether they should be judged as one entry or separate entries. Multiple issues of the same newsletter, such as the spring and summer issues, will be judged as a single entry.

Townships entering the Most Improved Newsletter category should state in their cover letter who was responsible for the redesign, such as staff or outside agencies, and include three copies each of “before” and “after” newsletters.

Note: Once-a-year tabloid-type newsletters that contain a map of the township and business advertisements and are produced by outside firms are not eligible.

Mail all entries to: PSATS, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA 17025, Attn.: Brenda Wilt.

Click here for complete details and guidelines.