Stream restoration partnership receives Governor’s Award

A local stream restoration partnership was one of 19 projects to receive a 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence on April 22.

The following agenciese were recognized for their work from August 2012 through July 2013 to stabilize stream banks, reduce erosion and sedimentation and increase riparian buffers:

  • Montour County Conservation District;
  • Northumberland County Conservation District;
  • Union County Conservation District;

Tioga County Conservation District;

  • Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy; and

the state Fish and Boat Commission.

During the 12-month period, the partners worked with 18 landowners on 13 streams and addressed more than 20,000 feet of agriculturally impaired stream.

They installed more than 6,400 feet of stream bank fencing, five animal walkways, 21 animal and equipment crossings, more than 1 acre of riparian buffer plantings and 151 in-stream structures.

Funding for the projects came from a Growing Greener grant through the state Department of Environmental Protection. The grant funds were matched with volunteer time as well as donations from local watershed associations and the landowners.

“Their efforts are key to ensure that Pennsylvania’s air, land and water are clean for generations to come,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a news release.

DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo presented the awards at a dinner hosted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

“This year’s award recipients are protecting Pennsylvania’s environment with creativity and ingenuity,” Abruzzo said.