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Governor Rendell Says $1.2 Million in Grants Will Protect, Preserve Pennsylvania’s Coastal Zones

November 23, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today $1.2 million in coastal zone management grants to organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving Pennsylvania’s coastal zones along Lake Erie and the Delaware Estuary, saying the investment was important to the regions’ economies.

“Pennsylvania’s 120 miles of coastline generate income from recreation, tourism and commercial fishing, so they play an integral role for the economies of the northwest and southeast, not to mention the broader state economy,” Governor Rendell said. “These grants will fund projects that will help improve and sustain that role, protect and manage coastal fisheries, encourage land-use planning and conserve our existing coastal resources.”

Governor Rendell awarded the grants to 35 non-profit organizations and government agencies in counties that border Pennsylvania’s coastal zones or have a direct impact on water quality in those areas.

Coastal zone management grants support programs that measure the impact of various pollution sources, improve public access, and educate the public on the benefits of the state’s coastal zones.

Coastal zones and adjacent shore land face increasing pressure from development, erosion, biodiversity losses and pollution. Pennsylvania has two coastal areas: 57 miles of coastline along the Delaware Estuary and 63 miles of coastline along Lake Erie.

The Delaware Estuary coastal zone lies within Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia counties and contains islands, marshes and the shore lands of tributaries that are affected by ocean tides. The Delaware Estuary supports the largest freshwater port in the world.

The Lake Erie coastal zone is located within Erie County and includes the shorelines of major tributaries. The zone extends to the middle of the lake, to the boundary with Canada and inland 900 feet within the city of Erie.

The majority of coastal zone management grants are funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from money made available by the federal government. Since 2003, the Pennsylvania Coastal Resource Management Program has provided more than $8.5 million in funding for coastal zone projects.

The next application period for coastal zone management grants will open in the summer of 2010. Nonprofit groups, educational institutions, local governments and authorities, and state agencies are eligible.

For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Coastal Zone.

Media contacts:

Tom Rathbun, DEP; 717-787-1323

Gary Tuma, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116

Editor’s Note: Following is a list of the $1,180,544 in coastal zone management grants awarded by Governor Rendell.

BERKS COUNTY

Berks County Conservation District – $25,000 to implement and track the Coastal Non-Point Pollution Program management measures.

BUCKS COUNTY

Bucks County Conservation District – $25,000 to implement and track the Coastal Non-Point Pollution Program management measures.

Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation – $17,500 to have engineering plans developed to repair a seawall on a county-owned recreational site along the Delaware River.

Heritage Conservancy – $32,000 to implement a plan to restore and protect an 18-acre freshwater tidal marsh.

Pennsbury Manor (a state facility that is part of the PA Historical and Museum Commission) – $50,000 to restore and adapt visitor pathways to historic Pennsbury Manor making the walkways compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and complete a section of nature trail along the Delaware River.

CHESTER COUNTY

Chester County Conservation District – $25,000 to implement and track the Coastal Non-Point Pollution Program management measures.

DELAWARE COUNTY

City of Chester – $20,000 for continuing work related to updating and developing a comprehensive set of zoning and land development standards for the Chester waterfront corridor, to include consideration of public access to coastal resources.

Delaware County Conservation District – $25,000 to implement and track the Coastal Non-Point Pollution Program management measures.

Delaware County Planning Department – $10,000 for an interactive environmental education program as part of the annual Delaware County Riverfront Ramble.

Ridley Township – $30,000 to help construct a multi-purpose marina facility.

Springfield Township – $50,000 for Phase II of a Best Management Practices Park, which when completed will have a green roof, a full-range of 6-8 bioretention cells including a weep garden and vegetated swale, permeable pavements, infiltration galleries and trenches, riparian buffers, diversions and an engineered wetland.

Tinicum Township – $50,000 to help rehabilitate the township marina beside the historic Lazaretto Quarantine Station.

Villanova University – $30,000 for the Villanova Urban Storm Water Partnership to measure and study the effects and impacts of the constructed storm water wetland on campus.

ERIE COUNTY

Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies – $9,000 to support a program that utilizes a restored historic canoe as a mobile floating “classroom” capable of transporting 20 students at a time to explore and research fragile, unique, aquatic ecosystems along the shores of Lake Erie.

Erie County Conservation District – $25,000 to implement and track the Coastal Non-Point Pollution Program management measures.

Erie County Conservation District – $20,000 for continuing development of an integrated Water Resource Management Plan and interactive Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) tool.

Erie County Conservation District – $4,500 to develop a program that will benefit urban and rural school districts, home school audiences and scout troops about water quality.

Erie County Department of Planning – $60,000 for Lake Erie coastal zone projects coordination and technical assistance.

Erie County Department of Planning – $7,000 to assist Lake Erie coastal communities in administering the Bluff Recession and Setback Act of 1980. Nine municipalities have been designated as having bluff recession hazard areas and are required to administer bluff setback ordinances.

Erie Downtown Partnership – $5,000 for a program intended to help reduce litter and its impacts on the coastal resources of Lake Erie.

Erie Times-News In Education Inc. – $38,760 for a Newspaper In Education weekly page focusing on coastal zone environmental issues.

Fairview Township – $34,700 to prepare a comprehensive plan that will reassess the vision of the township and help plan for the future of this coastal community.

Lake Erie – Allegheny Earth Force Inc. – $40,000 to continue and extend the Earth Force program with a focus on preventing pollution from nonpoint sources, urban runoff and pharmaceutical disposal.

Lake Erie Region Conservancy – $10,000 for a program that focuses on the importance and value of open space to communities.

Lawrence Park Township – $30,000 to improve public access to coastal resources by upgrading a boat launch ramp.

Mercyhurst College – $5,000 to plant trees that will help manage stormwater and protect/maintain water quality in the Lake Erie coastal zone.

Millcreek Township – $45,000 for engineering designs and plans for a three-acre municipal park (Zimmerly Park) that will include an ADA-approved fishing pier and streambank stabilization.

National Audubon Society – $35,000 for Phase II of a study that will research coastal habitat significance of migratory song birds in the Lake Erie coastal zone, conduct bird banding during migration periods and report findings to key state agencies on critical habitat and bird populations.

Regional Science Consortium – $20,000 to fund sampling and testing studies of the Lake Erie waters off of Presque Isle for chemicals of concerns that can be harmful to humans and aquatic ecosystems.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Montgomery County Conservation District – $25,000 to implement and track the Coastal Non-Point Pollution Program management measures.

MULTIPLE COUNTIES

Delaware Valley Earth Force – $40,000 to provide watershed action training to educators in schools located in the Delaware Estuary coastal zone and support teachers and students as they identify and address watershed issues.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission – $47,000 to implement the Coastal Zone Management Program in the Delaware Estuary coastal zone that includes Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia counties.

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary – $25,000 to help fund a Schuylkill Action Network coordinator position to implement action items of the Delaware Estuary Program’s Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan.

Penn State – Sea Grant – $100,033 to enhance the state’s ability to manage coastal aquatic and terrestrial habitat restoration efforts effectively and other coastal zone activities within the state’s two coastal zones and their related watersheds.

PHILADELPHIA

Academy of Natural Sciences – $49,847 for a study that will help inform managers as to how sea level rise could affect critical services that a marsh provides.

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary – $35,204 to help develop a Rapid Assessment Methodology to assess wetlands conditions across the watershed and track ecosystem health.

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary – $30,000 to conduct Pennsylvania Coast Day 2010 events, which educate the public about coastal recreation, historic sites and public access.

Philadelphia Water Department – $25,000 to implement and track the Coastal Non-Point Pollution Program management measures.

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY

Schuylkill County Conservation District – $25,000 to implement and track the Coastal Non-Point Pollution Program management measures.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor


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