Sappey announces $414K in DCNR grants for river conservation, recreation

CHESTER, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Christina Sappey announced today that $414,800 was awarded in the 158th Legislative District, in the form of two Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 2020 Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants.

Stroud Water Research Center Inc. will receive $154,000 for construction of approximately 32 acres of riparian forest buffers along the Lower Susquehanna River and Lower Delaware River watersheds within Chester and Lancaster counties. The work will include landowner outreach and engagement, buffer plantings and post-planting establishment and other related site improvements.

Natural Lands Trust Inc. will receive $260,800 for rehabilitation and continued development of Stroud Preserve in East Bradford and West Bradford townships. This project will include construction of a boat launch and walkways, access for people who use wheelchairs and other assistive equipment, landscaping, project signage and other site improvements. 

“I am very pleased to see these two organizations receive this funding, particularly for the riparian buffer work. Buffers are critical to ensure preservation of our high and exceptional value water ways. Without them sediment from erosion can lead to contamination” said Sappey, D-Chester. “I am also excited about the improvements coming for Stroud Preserve. Our preserves have seen an incredible increase in visitors during the pandemic, and this funding will help ensure safety and accessibility for visitors.”

The DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program is funded with state and federal sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails Fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund.

For more information about these grants and other opportunities, those interested can contact Sappey’s district office at (484) 200-8264.