Gebhard Announces $300,000 in Grants to Reduce Environmental Damage

HARRISBURG – Two grants, both for $150,000 were awarded to the 48th Senatorial District to reduce pollution and mitigate environmental damage, according to Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48).

Palmyra Borough received the first grant to construct a bioswale and a vegetated swale as part of a pollutant reduction plan for the borough. The swales will filter polluted stormwater runoff from a development along South Lingle Avenue. They will also help to achieve local water quality goals to improve the quality of life in the community, as well as support county and quality statewide initiatives to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution into local waters and into the Chesapeake Bay.

Myerstown Borough will use the grant funding to mitigate environmental damage caused by polluted stormwater runoff to the Tulpehocken Creek. It will install a nutrient separating baffle box along the storm sewer system upstream of outfall 002 to improve water quality by reducing the sediment and nutrient loading rates discharged to the creek.

“The projects will reduce current pollution and environmental damage, helping to preserve our environment and making our communities nicer places to live,” Gebhard said. “I am pleased these state dollars will be used for the benefit of the 48th District.”

The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority under its Watershed Restoration Protection Program. The program is funded through the state’s Impact Fee, which is paid by the state’s unconventional natural gas producers.


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