McCarter announces $90,000 grant for Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel to implement stormwater management structures in Cheltenham Township

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today announced that Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel has been awarded a $90,000 state grant to implement stormwater management structures in Cheltenham Township.

“This grant will benefit our local waterways by reducing both the velocity of the water and the number of pollutants running into the creek,” McCarter said.

The $90,000 grant was awarded Monday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over funding programs and investments that benefit Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities.

The CFA provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. The grant awarded to Cheltenham Township is from CFA’s Watershed Restoration Protection Program.

The total cost of the project is $106,000. Reform Congregation Keneseth lsrael is located in the Tookanyffacony-Frankford watershed, which has local stream-water quality impairments caused by uncontrolled urban runoff. The proposed project will intercept the uncontrolled stormwater runoff and reduce its velocity and pollutants prior to discharging into the creek. It will do so by implementing an R-tank system, which slows the movement of water by increasing infiltration and extending the settling period. This settling period will allow for reduction of pollutants such as phosphorus and sediment. 

To learn more about the CFA, visit its website.