(HARRISBURG) – Nearly $1.3 million in Growing Greener grants will assist area County Conservation Districts and local farmers with watershed protection projects, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

The Montour County Conservation District has been awarded $526,000 for manure management projects at five farms, located along Limestone Run, Chillisquaque Creek and Mauses Creek in Valley, Limestone and Liberty Townships.  Upgraded storage facilities and enhanced nutrient management practices are part of the projects.

The Columbia County Conservation District will receive over $335,000 for a project at Faihopity Farms in Briar Creek.  A high capacity storage facility is included in the project for this large scale operation, as well as Best Management and Improved Nutrient Management practice implementation along the East Branch of Briar Creek.

The Northumberland County Conservation District was awarded over $202,000 for stream bank stabilization projects and animal fencing at two farms, which will reduce nutrient runoff into Dry Run in Delaware Township and an unnamed tributary of the Susquehanna River in Rush Township.

The Snyder County Conservation District will receive over $80,000 for a stream bank stabilization project, along with enhanced management practices at a Jackson Township farm along a tributary to Penns Creek.

Finally, the Columbia County Conservation District was awarded over $220,000 for a joint project with the Montour and Northumberland County Districts for a multi-county effort to increase educational programs related to cover crop operations, which reduce weed growth and increase soil nutrients, further reducing the need for pesticide and fertilizer usage.

“All of the grants were competitive, and all required participation by the affected farms,” said Senator Gordner. “These projects are an important part of watershed protection strategies, which lead to a healthier Susquehanna River and a healthier Chesapeake Bay.  I was pleased to support the Conservation Districts in their efforts.”

Growing Greener is the state’s largest environmental protection program, funded through municipal waste disposal fees, Marcellus Shale Act 13 funding, which provided an additional $23 million to the program this year, and General Fund dollars.  Since 1999, Growing Greener has assisted in watershed protection, farmland preservation, water and sewer projects and capital projects at State Parks and State Forests.

CONTACT: Todd B. Roup (717)787-8928