Bizzarro: Local water projects to receive over $440,000 in state grants

HARRISBURG, May 18 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced several local environmental projects will receive more than $440,000 in state grants to help improve area water sources.

"Clean, healthy water is a basic necessity of life, but sometimes we take this for granted," Bizzarro said. "I am grateful to the area organizations doing such important work to better our water quality and reduce water pollution, and I am pleased to see that the state is recognizing these efforts."

The $443,945 in grants are funded through the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Program, which is awarding more than $25 million to 114 projects statewide.

Under the program, Erie County Conservation District will obtain $364,610 for its VinNES Sustainable Outreach and BMP Program. In addition, Environment Erie will receive $48,285 for its BeginANEW Stormwater Education and Management Program and $31,050 for its service learning projects.

The initiative awards funds to projects designed to enhance watersheds, mitigate acid mine drainage, and support water pollution cleanup programs. It encourages partnerships among counties, municipalities, county conservation districts, and watershed organizations to help protect the environment.

More information about the program can be found online at www.dep.pa.gov