Burns announces $236,979 grant for environmental projects

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Frank Burns announced another state grant today, this one for $236,979 for watershed sediment and nutrient reduction projects in Cambria County’s portion of the Ohio Watershed.

“With many land uses, from mining to agriculture and more, there’s always the potential to have sediment and excess nutrients escaping into our waterways,” Burns said. “This grant will help the county focus on ways to implement practices and projects to manage those issues to reduce water pollution and improve the area’s water quality.”

Cambria County commissioners will use the funding for design and construction of the projects, along with its funding match of $101,055.

This funding, which comes from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Plus program, is for water quality improvement projects along the Mariner 2 pipeline corridor.

Growing Greener Plus provides funding for watershed restoration and protection, Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act bond forfeiture and stormwater management planning grants.