Corman Announces More than $600,000 in State Grants for Local Recreation and Environmental Projects

(HARRISBURG) – Three organizations in the 34th Senatorial District have been awarded $615,500 in state grants for projects that will provide new recreation opportunities for area residents and protect the environment, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).

Corman said the grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The projects approved for funding are a part of two different programs that are administered by the CFA, including the Water Restoration and Protection Program and Greenways Trails & Recreation Program.

“Our region will benefit from this much-needed state funding for important public improvements to better serve area residents and businesses,” Corman said. “These local projects will help to contribute to our local economy, protect our natural resources and improve the quality of life for those who live here.”

Projects that have received funding include:

Centre County, Bellefonte PA

Centre County received a grant of $70,500 to assist with a feasibility study for a new 2.5 mile multi-purpose trail connecting Bellefonte and Milesburg Boroughs.  The funds will be used to define the trail alignment and outline required easements, right of way acquisitions and environmental impacts requiring mitigation.  It will also provide detailed cost estimates for engineering, acquisition, environmental clearance, utility relocation, permitting and construction.

Smithfield Township, Huntingdon PA
Smithfield Township was awarded a $270,000 grant to assist with the restoration of Crooked Creek, which has been damaged by the previous construction of bridges and levees around the creek.  Construction will include removing sediment, restoring the segment of Crooked Creek to a consistent channel dimension and installing in-stream stone and log stream deflectors.  The project will improve 700 feet of stream and improve water quality and fish habitat in the area.

Centre County Conservation District Bellefonte PA
The Centre County Conservation District will use its $275,000 grant to clean up agricultural runoff that is flowing from a farm into the Nittany Creek in the Bald Eagle Creek Watershed. The district will construct a circular concrete tank and a reception pit with pumping system to transfer manure from the barn to storage. The project will complement recent significant stream restoration work completed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and help protect the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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