Sappey announces over $900,000 in Growing Greener project grants

Kennett Square, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced $902,507 in Growing Greener state grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that will fund stream restoration of Plum Run and support projects for forested riparian buffers and implementation of agricultural best management practices, or BMPs, in Chester County.

“We know that riparian buffers can help waterways by providing natural filtration and preventing excessive pollution and waste runoff,” Sappey said. “I am very pleased to see additional support for our local ecosystems, especially with the increase in strong storms we have seen. Not only does this help reduce frequent flooding and erosion, but it also provides additional habitat for local wildlife.”

The grants were awarded as follows:

  • Stroud Water Research Center Inc. -- $707,818. This project will implement 44 agricultural BMPs and 58.1 acres of riparian forest buffers on eight properties, including seven farms, in Chester County, in Phase 2 focus areas of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. These investments will greatly reduce runoff pollution and additionally assist municipal separate storm sewer system communities so that their overflow is less likely.

  • Brandywine Red Clay Alliance -- $194,689. This project will complete Phase 3 of a 4,470-foot stream restoration on Plum Run.

More information is available by contacting Sappey’s district office at 484-200-8264.