Baker Announces $329,357 for Watershed Improvements in Tioga County
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today announced two state grants totaling $329,357 for the Tioga County Conservation District and Babb Creek Watershed Association Inc. for projects aimed at improving waterways in Tioga County.
“Protecting and repairing our waterways is vital work that has largely fallen on the shoulders of our local watershed organizations,” said Baker. “The projects these organizations undertake are often costly and complex. This grant funding will go a long way in helping them reach their goals of restoring water quality to acceptable levels for our local wildlife and fauna to once again flourish.”
The Tioga County Conservation District received a grant of $166,350 for its Wilson Creek sediment reduction project. The project consists of the design and implementation of dirt and gravel road improvements on two roads totaling 2.1 miles in this sediment-impaired watershed.
The Babb Creek Watershed Association received a grant of $163,007 for construction of its Rock Run abandoned mine drainage treatment system. The goal of the project is to construct the second phase of a passive treatment system to treat mine discharges impacting Rock Run.
“The Babb Creek Watershed in particular has been battling the abundance of abandoned mine discharge we have in Tioga County as a result of our coal mining heritage,” said Baker. “It has taken several years, but with completion of this second phase, water quality will be restored to 2,100 feet of Smallpox Creek and its tributary and 2.1 miles of Rock Run.”
Both grants were awarded under the Growing Greener program, which is funded by the Environmental Stewardship Fund.
Representative Matthew Baker
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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