Matzie: $175,000 grant awarded for Walker Park stream restoration

Will fund removal of sediment runoff affecting Little Sewickley Creek

AMBRIDGE, Sept. 15 – A $175,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority will fund sediment removal and stream restoration for Little Sewickley Creek in Leet Township’s Walker Park, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said the grant – administered by the CFA and funded by the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund – will enhance one of the area’s most beloved natural resources 

“Little Sewickley Creek is a natural gem,” Matzie said. “For decades, it has been designated as a ‘high quality’ trout stocking fishery – one of few area streams to receive that designation. In addition to fishing, the creek draws the community to Walker Park for hiking, community projects and teaching kids about biodiversity and the beauty of nature.

“Recently, sedimentation was identified as an issue affecting the stream’s water quality. This grant is going to help fund removal of sediment runoff and restore the existing stream to ensure that this area treasure is preserved for decades to come.”

Matzie said a $100,000 grant to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will benefit the entire region by funding enhancements – new sidewalks, parking and handicap accessibility ramps – for the food bank’s facility.