The Centre County Conservation District has been awarded a $1.697 million state grant to improve agricultural practices on area farms and undertake streambank stabilization projects that will help to protect water quality and water sources, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).
Corman said the Conservation District will use funding from the state’s Growing Greener Fund to undertake projects through the Centre County Stream Restoration Program.
The grant will be used to implement agriculture best management practices on six farms and streambank stabilization at four sites.
Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) are practical, cost-effective actions that agricultural producers can take to conserve water and reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and other pollutants entering our water resources.
“I’m pleased that Centre County will benefit from these projects, which will help to ensure clean water for area residents and protect our environment,” Corman said. “Through the state’s Growing Greener project, we are protecting our air, land and water for future generations. It’s a great investment in our state’s future.”
The Growing Greener Grant Program is the largest single allocation of state funds that address Pennsylvania’s environmental concerns. Growing Greener encourages partnerships between counties, municipalities, county conservation districts, watershed organizations, and other organizations to restore and protect the environment.