Why millions of dollars are being invested in local water quality, and the innovative way it's being spent

Dec 21, 2021

Improving local water quality is the focus of a $17 million statewide grant, the Wolf Administration announced last week. Counties in northcentral Pa. will receive $4.6 million, and Lycoming County received $527,391, which was one of the largest single-county awards given. 

We often hear about grant money being doled out by the millions, but how is it spent? Local conservation agencies have developed a very specific Countywide Action Plan to address clean water.

The plan includes the expansion of the No-Till Drill Equipment Rental Program, the Cover Crop Incentive Project, and the Pine Run Stream Restoration Project.Jared Dressler, acting regional director of DEP for the Northcentral Region. Dressler addresses a group of stakeholders who have develped the County Action Plan, now funded and ready to move to implementation phase.

"Our plan involved dozens of stakeholders in the agriculture, watershed, and stormwater sectors, and a significant public outreach effort," said Jared Dressler, acting regional director for DEP's Northcentral Regional Office.

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