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Yudichak Announces Nearly $1 Million in Local Watershed Protection Grants

Earth Conservancy will receive $928,000 to continue the reclamation of the Bliss Bank mine land and the Luzerne Conservation District will receive $60,565 to continue the Luzerne County Stream Stabilization Program.
State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that two Luzerne County watershed protection projects will receive nearly $1 million in state Growing Greener grants.
 
Earth Conservancy will receive $928,000 to continue the reclamation of the Bliss Bank mine land and the Luzerne Conservation District will receive $60,565 to continue the Luzerne County Stream Stabilization Program.
 
“These two grants fund projects that are critically important to protecting the quality of our water supply and the overall environmental health in Luzerne County,” Yudichak said. “The Bliss Bank reclamation project is a particularly noteworthy initiative because once completed, the site presents a great opportunity to attract new economic development and job creation to our area.”
 
Yudichak said that the Bliss Bank mine reclamation will entail  re-grading the bank, placing topsoil and revegetating the area to help prevent further pollution of the Nanticoke Creek Watershed. This project also received a $46,750 state grant in February of last year to complete design work at the site.
 
“Support from the Department of Environmental Protection through Growing Greener will allow us to complete reclamation of the Bliss Bank site.  When completed, the site, which is of little value now, will be available to benefit the community through mixed use development,” Earth Conservancy President/CEO Mark Dziak said. “Its location close to Luzerne County Community College will make it ideal for the economic development that is needed in the area.  We would like to thank DEP for its ongoing support of our work.”
 
Through the Luzerne County Stream Stabilization Program, the Luzerne Conservation District would implement projects to stabilize stream banks and enhance stream habitat to reduce sedimentation and improve the overall condition of Luzerne County streams and the downstream watershed.
 
"We are very pleased to hear of this grant award. The Growing Greener Program has enabled us to undertake multiple conservation projects over the past decade or so, and this grant will help us to continue repairing and protecting streams within our county that were damaged by the severe flooding of recent years,” Josh Langmore, District Manager for Luzerne Conservation District, said. “Not only will stream channels be restored and property protected, but we’ll be able to reduce the amount of sediment pollution to our local streams and downstream waterways."


The two grants were part of a more than $20.65 million investment by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced earlier today. The grants are intended to improve watersheds, stormwater runoff, acid mine drainage and educational programs.

(From Mark Davis Communications Director
State Senator John T. Yudichak)
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