Pashinski: $500,000 Growing Greener grant will help restore local environment

WILKES-BARRE, Dec. 20 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, thanked the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for awarding a $500,000 grant to Earth Conservancy to continue the Espy Run stream restoration project in Hanover Township.

“For decades, coal production dominated our region and we still have work to do to clean up some of the environmental issues left behind,” Pashinski said. “The Growing Greener fund is instrumental in helping reclaim abandoned mine lands and restoring the land for public use.”

This 2019 Growing Greener grant will be used to primarily restore a 1,900-foot section of Espy Run. The work will include installing riparian forested buffers to help shade and partially protect the stream from the impact of adjacent land use. It also includes a stream bank stabilization to re-establish the channel and restore the flow that is being lost into the underground mines. Once complete, the project will reduce the amount of acidic mining discharge that flows downstream into Espy Run and eventually Nanticoke Creek. Reconstruction of several sections of Espy Run is already underway and this project will help to continue the re-establishment of the Espy Run stream channel.

“Together with Governor Wolf, DEP, Representative Jerry Mullery and Senator John Yudichak, we’ll continue to work with groups like Earth Conservancy to ensure our local communities can get the most out of the land around us,” Pashinski said.

One of the largest investments into Pennsylvania’s environment, Growing Greener projects have been instrumental in cleaning up abandoned mine lands, preserving farmland, and protecting and restoring watersheds throughout the commonwealth.

The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees.