Fulton Co. gets $117k DEP grant to conduct work, design on area around Big Cove Creek

25 January 2024- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that 12 projects in the state’s southcentral region were awarded a total of $2,051,051 through DEP’s Growing Greener Plus grant program. These projects work to protect waterways and watersheds, reclaim abandoned mine sites, and work to reclaim and plug abandoned oil and gas wells. This year’s awards exceed $12 million statewide.

“The Growing Greener Plus grant program empowers communities to pursue environmental progress and innovation,” said Interim Acting Secretary Jessica Shirley. “This support fuels vital Pennsylvania initiatives that protect our land and restore local watersheds. As a result, our Commonwealth can look forward to a greener future.”

Energy Transfer Marketing & Terminals, L.P. has paid the Office of Attorney General (OAG) $10 million to fund projects that improve the health and safety of water sources along the routes of the pipelines. This funding is being distributed through existing Commonwealth grant programs to ensure high-impact projects are selected in the affected communities and that proper oversight is provided. Grant programs include those operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the DEP.

“Pennsylvanians have a fundamental right to clean water, and these two projects will further my office’s mission to make that right a reality,” said Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry. “The conviction we secured against Energy Transfer for environmental crimes while building natural gas pipelines will continue to pay dividends for future generations by funding projects that protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources.”

Growing Greener is the largest single investment of state funds in Pennsylvania’s history to address critical environmental concerns. Growing Greener grants can be awarded to watershed groups, local or county government, municipal authorities, county planning commissions, county conservation districts, council of governments, educational institutions, or non-profit organizations. Grantees have up to three years to implement their projects.

The full list of approved Growing Greener Plus projects, funded by the Environmental Stewardship fund, in Southcentral Pennsylvania includes:

Fulton County:

  • Fulton County Conservation District— $117,110
    • The project will design and permit two sites, which will total 2,200 LF of livestock exclusion, stream restoration, and streamside forested buffers along banks of Big Cove Creek.

Huntington County:

  • Chesapeake Conservancy, Inc.— $140,000
    • The project will implement Phase I and Phase II activities for the Warriors Mark Run – East catchment. The project includes design, permitting and plan writing for projects, and construction for a farm restoration project.
  • Huntingdon County Conservation District— $374,346
    • The project will complete four stream restoration projects in Huntingdon County to stabilize eroding streambanks and reduce the loading of sediment and nutrients into Standing Stone Creek. It will install best management practices (BMPs) such as mudsills, log cross vanes, rock vanes, rock toe, and brush mattresses that will stabilize the eroding streambanks and provide beneficial fish habitat.