Burns announces a total of $65,000 in state funds to protect, enhance area waterways, conservation efforts

EBENSBURG, Nov. 7 – Ensuring the protection of waterways within Cambria County for future generations to enjoy is the primary goal behind two grants awarded by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, state Rep. Frank Burns announced today.

Burns, D-Cambria, said a $50,000 state grant was awarded to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which will provide for the construction of riparian forest buffers along the West Branch Susquehanna River watershed to protect against pollutants and reduce erosion and flooding. A $15,000 grant was also awarded to the Allegheny Ridge Corp. to prepare and print updated maps and a management plan for the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail. Both the water trail and the watershed run through Cambria County, Burns said.

“I strongly support these worthwhile investments to protect our water quality and that will promote recreational opportunities for residents for years to come,” Burns said. “When we can bring back state dollars to reinvest into our communities, that benefits our quality of life and everyone wins.”

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation’s rivers conservation grants focus on conserving and protecting state waterways and outdoor recreational opportunities, including the installation of riparian buffers to improve the health and diversity of local ecosystems and to also develop long-term water quality management programs. More information can be found at this link: www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants/RiversConservationandRiparianBufferGrants/Pages/default.aspx.