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Grant Funding Available to Improve Watersheds in Berks, Lebanon Counties

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is announcing a grant funding opportunity to support fisheries, aquatic habitat enhancement, recreational access and water quality in the Tulpehocken Creek and Quittapahilla Creek watersheds in Berks and Lebanon counties.

The Tulpehocken Creek watershed encompasses 219 square miles in Lebanon and Berks counties and includes Blue Marsh Reservoir. The Quittapahilla Creek watershed covers 77 square miles in Lebanon County.

Only projects wholly located within these watersheds will be considered.

Applications must be received at the PFBC headquarters located at 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110 no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Successful grant recipients are expected to be notified by mid-December.

For 2019, priority will be placed on projects that improve aquatic habitats for fisheries. Other eligible projects will be considered, but will be given lower priority. Grants can be used for stand-alone projects or to supplement other funding for larger projects that are designed to improve aquatic habitat, water quality or recreational use. Examples of acceptable activities include: fishery habitat restoration or enhancement; fish stocking; fishing access; maintenance or creation of facilities to encourage, improve or expand recreational use of the fishery; or studies related to these issues.

This funding is made available through a settlement agreement between the PFBC and Helix Ironwood, L.L.C., related to the operation of an electric generation facility located in South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County.

For more information about applying for this grant program, contact the PFBC at (717)346-8137 or download an application and budget form on the agency’s web site at https://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/Grants/Pages/TulpehockenQuittapahillaWatershedGrantProgram.aspx.