Williams announces nearly $474,000 in funding for redevelopment projects in the 74th District

HARRISBURG, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, today announced that $473,991 in Community Conservation Partnership Program funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has been awarded for various conservation projects in Chester County.

“These state grants will help protect our land and water supply in Chester County by enabling us to update our river conservation plan and construct riparian buffers along our rivers,” Williams said. “Our communities’ health and well-being are dependent on the safeguarding of our water, and this money will help ensure the integrity of our watersheds and rivers.”

The awards include:

  • $60,000 to Chester County to prepare a countywide trail plan.
  • $80,000 to the Community Chester County Commissioners Water Resource Authority to prepare an update to the 2002 River Conservation Plan for multiple watersheds in Chester County.
  • $333,991 to the Stroud Water Research Center Inc. for the construction of approximately 60 acres of riparian forest buffers along waterways in the Lower Susquehanna River and Lower Delaware River watersheds in Chester, Berks, Lancaster, Montgomery and Lehigh counties. The work includes landowner outreach and engagement; buffer plantings and post-planting establishment; project sign and other related site improvements.

The Community Conservation Partnership Program grants provide local governments and recreation and conservation organizations with funding for the following projects:

  • Planning, acquisition and development of public parks.
  • Recreation areas.
  • Motorized and non-motorized trails.
  • River conservation and access.
  • Conservation of open space.

Grants also support regional and statewide partnerships that build capacity to better develop and manage resources.

Residents can find more information on DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program by clicking here.