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Grant Funding Available to Improve Watersheds

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is announcing grant funding opportunities to address water quality, aquatic habitat enhancement, and recreational access 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 project proposals located within these two watersheds will be considered.

Applications must be received at the PFBC headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110 no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Successful grant recipients are expected to be notified by the end of the year.

For 2013, priority will be placed on projects that address aquatic habitat restoration or enhancement. 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 an agreement between the PFBC and PPL Ironwood, L.L.C., with funds provided by PPL Ironwood, L.L.C.

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