Krueger-Braneky announces grant for Brookhaven to reduce waterway pollution

FOLSOM, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky today announced Brookhaven was awarded a state grant to reduce pollution in local waterways.

The Department of Environmental Protection awarded Brookhaven $110,000 for stormwater management work to reduce runoff pollution into Chester and Ridley creeks.

Brookhaven was among 61 municipalities and agencies awarded watershed restoration and stormwater management grants, funded by a $12.6 million penalty DEP collected from Sunoco Pipeline because of permit violations related to construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline.

The grants were open to projects to reduce or minimize pollution and protect clean water in the 85 municipalities along the pipeline corridor.

“I’m pleased that Brookhaven will receive this funding to help keep our local waterways clean. But it’s important to remember that Brookhaven has already been affected by accidents and spills into the Chester Creek from Mariner East 2 construction,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “I’m glad the penalty funds are being put to good use for the protection of our waterways, but there must be continued stringent oversight for Mariner East 2 to prevent more damage from occurring.”

Grants were awarded for stormwater management, invasive species removal, forest restoration, farm runoff reduction, streambank restoration, and many other projects that ultimately improve water quality in Pennsylvania. Grantees include county conservation districts, municipalities, school districts, and nonprofit organizations.

For more information, visit the DEP website.