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(HARRISBURG) – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced earlier this week that it has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Snyder County Conservation District, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

“This grant will allow the planting of crucial natural buffers between properties and the streams they drain into,” said Senator Gordner.  “The goal is to filter this runoff, control erosion and improve fish habitat in local waterways.  I am pleased that Snyder County has agreed to partner with the Conservation District in this endeavor.”

The grant, under the Riparian Forest Buffer program, will go toward construction of approximately 18 acres of buffers along waterways in the Lower Central Susquehanna Watershed in Snyder County.  Under this program, a 50% local match is required.

“Snyder County has many streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay,” said Joe Kantz, Chairman of the Snyder County Board of Commissioners.  “While we want to help clean up the Bay, we are even more concerned with helping to preserve our local streams and the surrounding communities.  This grant will help us protect one stream from its headwaters to the Penns Creek.”

The grants are administered through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program with additional resources from the Keystone Fund.

CONTACT:  Mike Stephens 717-787-8928