Loyalsock awarded grant for watershed restoration
Loyalsock Township has been awarded a $100,000 state grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for stream restoration of Millers Run.
The grant, under DCED’s Watershed Restoration Program, was supported by state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, and approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
“I am glad to see funding going to support watershed management, particularly in Lycoming County,” Yaw said. “I applaud the township for taking a proactive approach to comprehensive watershed protection and restoration.”
The grant will fund a project to stabilize .15 miles of eroded streambank in James Short Park.
The work will consist of removing sediment bars along the stream and stabilizing the streambank with vegetation. Installation of a riparian corridor will improve base flow conditions and manage the velocity of the water.
The best management practices are projected to reduce sediment loading by 50,000 pounds per year, which will help meet Chesapeake Bay mandates and reverse stream impairments.
The Marcellus Legacy Fund allocates funds to the CFA for watershed restoration and protection projects, according to Yaw, Senate chair of the environmental resources committee and member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
Township officials could not be reached for comment on this story.