UNIONTOWN – Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) announced that grants were awarded to both Fayette and Somerset counties through the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help fund area acid mine drainage (AMD) removal projects.
With the $1.6 million in grants from the DEP, communities in western Pennsylvania, as well as the Flight 93 Memorial, will benefit from the completion of these projects, as they will provide cleaner, safer streams for better public health and recreational uses.
“These AMD removal projects are vital when it comes to improving the overall quality and upkeep of the streams that flow through our local communities,” said Dowling. “I want to thank the DEP allocating funds to these necessary projects in the 51st Legislative District.”
Listed below are the grants awarded to Fayette and Somerset counties:
• Mountain Watershed Association received $426,279 for new work to maintain remediation and address new discharges in the Gallentine and Sagamore AMD passive treatment systems in Saltlick and Springfield townships. The two systems are integral to maintaining water quality in Indian Creek, which prior AMD remediation has restored to a trout-stocked fishery.
• Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association received $48,193 for limestone treatment to restore AMD-impaired headwaters of Babcock Creek in Gallitzin State Forest. The project is anticipated to expand local habitat for Pennsylvania’s state fish, the brook trout.
• Somerset County Conservation District received $551,319 for construction of an AMD passive treatment system on Lamberts Run in Stonycreek Township, one mile from the Flight 93 National Memorial. In addition to removing the final source of AMD impairment in Lamberts Run Watershed, the system is expected to improve water quality in the upper Stonycreek River. This project complements existing DEP-led treatment at the headwaters of Lamberts Run on the Flight 93 property.
• Shade Creek Watershed Association received $208,141 for AMD treatment on Coal Run in State Game Land 228, Shade Township. The project will restore more than 4 miles of stream and maintain previous mine drainage treatment in the headwaters of Shade Creek, which are supporting native brook trout populations.
Representative Matthew Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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