DEP Offers Funding for Stormwater Management Projects
Program promotes best management practices
Townships in Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, and York counties may be eligible for stormwater project grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP is offering grants up to $200,000 to municipalities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for projects that implement best management practices to reduce the amount of nutrients and sediment pollution in local waterways.
The program is available to townships, counties, cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, and municipal authorities.
Examples of eligible projects include raingardens, bioswales, urban nutrient management/tree planting, vegetated open channels/roofs, and wet ponds and wetland preservation. The projects can be located on public or private property.
Applicants can be eligible for grants of up to $200,000, and no local matching funds are required. Funding for the projects is competitive and the department will apply a scoring system when awarding the grant money. The application must include a description of the project and timetable for the work. Grant applications are due by March 3, 2017.
Click here for application instructions and eligibility. Other parties that wish to obtain funding for a stormwater project are encouraged to approach the eligible local entity where the project would be located and offer to assist with the project application and management.
The grant program is federally funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and administered by the department.
Grants will be awarded on September 1, 2017.