Pashinski announces $165,000 in CFA grants for 121st Legislative District

WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced the approval of two Commonwealth Financing Authority grants by the state Senate totaling $165,000 for North Branch Land Trust and Hanover Township.

The funds will go toward two separate projects, including:

  • $115,000 to North Branch Land Trust to construct a 6-mile section of D&L Rail trail.

  • $50,000 to Hanover Township for the restoration of a 600-foot reach of Spring Run through natural stream design.

“Each of these grants will help to fund important projects improving the quality of life in the 121st District and our region,” Pashinski said. “Once completed, these efforts will reduce pollution and provide another tremendous opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Northeast PA. I’m truly appreciative to state Senator John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, and his senate colleagues for their support for these projects, as well as Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for seeing the value that this money will bring to our area.”

North Branch Land Trust’s grant will go towards the construction of the final 6 miles of the 165-mile D&L Heritage corridor and includes Laurel Run Borough, Plains and Wilkes-Barre townships. The trail will begin in Oliver Mills and end at North Hampton Street in Wilkes-Barre Township. The project includes trail construction, installation of wood fencing and gates at pedestrian crossings, signage and more.

Hanover Township’s grant will go toward the restoration of a 600-foot reach of Spring Run flowing into Solomon Creek, both of which were listed as Impaired Waters in the 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring Assessment Report. This project will stabilize the stream bank, reduce erosion and reestablish 35-foot-wide riparian buffers on each side of the stream through plantings. These improvements are required for compliance with the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority’s Regionalized Pollution Reduction Plan.

“The CFA has been instrumental in providing critical funds for infrastructure, mobility and safety efforts in our area,” Pashinski said. “These improvements will help improve our water quality, reduce erosion and provide local access to the beautiful D&L Heritage Corridor.”

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking.