State grants to help neighboring county with work on streams

TOWANDA — Bradford County has been awarded two state grants totaling $447,250 to stabilize streambanks, rehabilitate a stream corridor and reduce sediment and nutrient pollution, the state Department of Environmental Protection recently announced.

“Flooding events in Bradford County have been an increasing challenge for residents,” state Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Towanda, said. “Working to alleviate problems in strategic streambank locations is key in helping to reduce the impact of flooding from future storms.”

The first grant, in the amount of $270,000, will be awarded to the Bradford County Commissioners to continue its sediment and nutrient reduction initiative. That grant will fund 10 streambank stabilization projects and 10 driveway/access lane improvement projects, with the goal of reducing erosion and sediment pollution to receiving streams. Sites will be selected by the recipient through a competitive public application process.

The second grant, an award of $177,250 to the Bradford County Conservation District for the Satterlee Creek stream corridor rehabilitation project, will fund stream stabilization on five sites in the Satterlee Creek watershed.

The work funded by the two grants is anticipated to stabilize or restore 4,800 feet of streambank and reduce pollution of sediment by 2,000 tons, nitrogen by 5,000 tons and phosphorus by 2,000 tons per year. The pollution reduction will help to improve water quality, DEP said.

“Protecting our waterways from pollutants is of the utmost importance,” said state Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Wellsboro. “If we are to maintain the health of our steams and the flora and animals that rely on those habitats, then we need to address the growing issue of erosion and sediment control due to encroaching development of the land surrounding these watersheds. This money will go a long way in helping to address this issue.”

The projects are funded by 2019 Growing Greener grants. The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees.

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