DEP Awards $3 Million in Grants to Reduce Water Pollution

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it has awarded $3 million in grant funding to local governments and organizations to restore the health of local watersheds around the state by reducing water pollution.

The grants target nonpoint source pollution, or pollution that enters streams and rivers from widespread sources, rather than from a single specific discharge point, such as a pipe. About 95 % of water-quality-impaired watersheds in Pennsylvania are affected by the following types of nonpoint source pollution:

  • Nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution from agricultural activities, urban stormwater runoff, and streambank and shoreline erosion; and
  • Iron, aluminum, and acidity pollution associated with energy resource extraction and acid mine drainage (AMD).

Funding comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, authorized through Section 319(h) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

The DEP Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants program supports projects that carry out best management practices specified in plans for 42 watersheds around the state, with special consideration for projects in Pennsylvania’s share of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The development of new plans for additional impaired watersheds is also supported.

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