Petrarca: $15,000 state grant will protect, preserve water trail

VANDERGRIFT, Nov. 7 – A $15,000 state grant will help protect the water quality of a water trail for generations to come, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today.

Petrarca said the grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was awarded to the Allegheny Ridge Corporation to help prepare and print updated maps and to create a management plan for the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail, which runs through Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties.

“Taking these proactive steps to protect our waterways is vital to our area’s overall quality of life,” Petrarca said. “These grants will go a long way toward their protection and will also ensure that residents of all ages can enjoy the recreational opportunities they provide.”

The DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation rivers conservation grants focus on conserving and protecting state waterways and outdoor recreational opportunities, including installing riparian buffers to improve the health and diversity of local ecosystems and to also develop long-term water quality management programs. More information can be found at this link: