(HARRISBURG) – – The Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved $14 million in projects through the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which is dedicated to conservation and environmental protection measures. Among the approved projects are several in the 27th Senatorial District, according to Senator John R. Gordner.
“I was pleased to advocate for these local projects, which will be funded through gas industry impact fees,” said Senator Gordner. “When the General Assembly approved the impact fees in 2012, we felt it was important these funds are dedicated to conservation and environmental projects.”
Among the projects approved today are:
- $353,000 for stream improvements to Carbon Run at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area in Northumberland County. Acid mine drainage in the watershed will be abated.
- $222,000 for trail development, also at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area. 30 miles of trails for mountain bike competitions will be developed.
- $200,000 for Salem Township, Luzerne County for continued development of the township’s Municipal Park, including athletic fields, playgrounds and picnic pavilions.
- $105,000 for Berwick Borough to continue development of Test Track Park along the Susquehanna River in the Columbia County community.
- $65,000 for the Columbia County Conservation District for expansion of Kocher Park near Lighstreet.
- $16,000 for the Snyder County Conservation District for continued development of nature trails in Penn Township.
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established as an independent agency of the commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.
Todd B. Roup