Grant for array of projects is smart spending

A state grant of $527,391 for clean water projects in Lycoming County is a wise investment.

The funding, state and local officials told the Sun-Gazette in a report in Friday’s edition, will be used to purchase more equipment for a drill rental program for farms, replace a frequently-jammed culvert with a bridge on South Pine Run Road and to incentivize farmers to plant cover crops.

All of these projects will help reduce sediment and ground soil from entering the Chesapeake Bay watershed, a priority of several states for years if not decades. The projects are diverse in recognizing that the burden to reduce run-off should not be entirely borne by the agricultural sector. And the projects help improve the quality of creeks and streams locally as well as the watershed — itself a major economic engine — as a whole.

The state funding is a welcome and smart decision.


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