General Motors Donates to The Nature Conservancy - GM and the GM Foundation donate 2005 Saturn VUE and $75,000 to Tennessee Conservation Group

 

(Note: GM, like many others, has either bought into the 'environ mental' mantra or has learned that it gets to build factories and dealerships much more easily if it 'pays the piper', or both. The next time you consider a vehicle, please remember who the manufacturer supports -- and consider your property rights. Paying GM -- and others -- is indirectly paying for those land 'acquisitions' and 'conservation' easements. I call it 'feeding the beast', and it is a direct threat to your property rights, your freedom, and mine. This is a nationwide -- a worldwide -- land and water and freedom Control thing; just look below this announcement to see how many more such items are carried by the 'news'. Language deception words and phrases are underlined for ease in spotting.)

November 9, 2004

Columbia, Tennessee - General Motors today donated $75,000 and a 2005 Saturn VUE to The Nature Conservancy’s Duck River Project, bringing GM’s total number of vehicles donated to the organization nationwide to 173.

"On behalf of General Motors and the GM Foundation, it’s an honor to support an organization with such dedication to improving life and the environment in Tennessee," said GM-Spring Hill Manufacturing Site Manager Harvey Thomas. UAW Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron added, "We're proud to be able to continue our partnership with The Nature Conservancy as they work to improve the environment in our communities. Spring Hill’s team members are committed to preserving our environment and support the efforts to preserve the Duck River for generations to come."

The Duck River Project has been working in the watershed for the last four years.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Duck River is one of three hot spots for fish and mussel diversity in the world. With 151 species of fish, and 54 mussel species, the Duck River stands out as a critical watershed for conserving freshwater aquatic biodiversity.

At present, The Nature Conservancy is the only non-governmental entity with a staff committed to working in the upper watershed in Columbia to preserve the river’s ecological integrity. The Duck [River] is also significant because it is the sole water supply source for 200,000 people in Middle Tennessee.

The vehicle and funds will be used for The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee's work in support of the Duck River Watershed Project in Middle Tennessee, as well as the development of trails, parking, signage and kiosks among the 800 acres of Cheek’s Bend in the Yanahli Wildlife Management Area.

"Up until now the Duck River office has only had a pick-up truck at their disposal to transport TNC staff. Now with the addition of this Saturn VUE, we'll be able to travel and tour the watershed with key stakeholders in the project, as well, [in] canoes," said State Director Scott Davis, who is based in Nashville.

According to Davis, GM's donation of vehicles has been instrumental in the accomplishment of The Nature Conservancy's mission and goals.

"We typically work in remote wilderness locations, requiring vehicles that can take the punishment of rough terrain and go the distance," Davis said. "GM's donated vehicles make an important difference to The Nature Conservancy in achieving conservation success."

GM and The Nature Conservancy have an on-going relationship that is unprecedented in size and scope. In 1994, GM made a 5-year commitment to provide $5 million in cash and vehicles.

Since then, GM has donated more than $9 million in cash and now 173 trucks to aid the work of The Nature Conservancy across the U.S. and many other countries of the world.

GM also provided $10 million to The Nature Conservancy to restore and protect about 30,000 acres of endangered land in the Atlantic Rainforest Restoration Project in Brazil.

GM's eleven-year commitment to The Nature Conservancy now reaches over $23 million.

"The Nature Conservancy plays a critical role in the health and welfare of wilderness areas and we are pleased to help support those efforts," said Elizabeth A. Lowery, GM vice president, Environment and Energy. "We're encouraged by their success and proud that visitors can learn from and enjoy the beautiful surroundings that The Nature Conservancy helps preserve."

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is an international, non-profit organization that preserves plants, animals and natural communities representing the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 15 million acres in the United States and have helped preserve more than 102 million acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. More information about The Nature Conservancy is available online at http://nature.org.

 

http://nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/tennessee/press/press1651.html

 

More from a Google News search for "Nature Conservancy":

Results 1 - 10 of about 385 for Nature-Conservancy.

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=%22Nature+Conservancy%22

If you want to check on what TNC has been up to in your state, just add it, in quotes, to the search. Example:

"Nature Conservancy" "Ohio" -- which got 5 results. Compare this to the nationwide number of 385 and consider the possibilities that TNC is hard at work in your area, 'acquiring' land or using the 'conservation easements' sales pitch to acquire property rights -- in perpetuity (forever).

 

 

Angling for hunters - Fairbanks adds 8,000 acres to state's public sites

(Note: Here's one for Indiana that clearly shows the magnitude of the 'land Control agenda' and the Collaboration that is going on with state and local government and the non-elected TNC 'nature realtors'. Note, please, dear reader, that this is the 'mosaicing' of land parcels in order to get control of it all in the long run. Incidentally, this also gets Control of the Wabash River, which was fought for by landowners in the western part of Indiana a few years ago -- landowners who realized that the 'American Heritage Rivers Initiative' was nothing more than a Control Agenda by the United Nations. Here it is again -- in the same place, same river -- dressed up differently, but with the same intent. Note the other rivers and waterbodies that have been added. Language deception words and phrases have been underlined. Sure, hunting and fishing are 'allowed' now -- a 'maximum of 300' that the dutiful reporter has called 'a wave' -- but how much are these 300, who are 'allowed' for TWO DAYS each year, going to help the economy? How long until the hunters -- and then the fishermen -- are phased out and the 'area' locked down? 'Less than 3 percent' of Indiana's 'land base' is a LOT OF LAND for a private entity to own and/or CONTROL. Please think about this -- and this is just one state; it's happening in MOST states and in many foreign countries.)

November 7, 2004

By Phil Bloom, Outdoors Editor

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne, Indiana

http://www.fortwayne.com

To submit a Letter to the Editor: twarner@jg.net

Fairbanks, Indiana - Tim Murphy grew up in this town, a collection of a couple dozen houses and mobile homes, a post office, an old school that’s been converted into a restaurant/bingo parlor, and not much else.

“I'm almost 30,” Murphy said. “I went to school here. Kindergarten through sixth grade. Then it closed.”

That was nearly 20 years ago, but Murphy never left. Now he’s glad he stayed.

The reason is Fairbanks Landing Fish and Wildlife Area, an 8,000-acre tract of land along six miles of the Wabash River in Sullivan County just south of Terre Haute. The land is owned by Indiana Michigan Power, which operated the Breed electric power plant there for 30 years before closing it in 1994. I&M will retain ownership of the property and allow the Department of Natural Resources to manage its wildlife resources.

“It’s great,” Murphy said. “Maybe this will help Fairbanks become more than it is.”

He expects the new fish and wildlife area will attract hunters and anglers, so he’s planning to open a store in town that will sell live bait and hunting supplies.

The first wave of visitors will come Saturday when Fairbanks Landing opens on the first day of deer firearms season in Indiana. A maximum of 300 hunters will be allowed to use the property Saturday and November 14.

Fairbanks Landing joins public hunting sites that stretch from Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area on the Ohio River to Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area not far from the Michigan border.

There are 72 sites of all sizes scattered in every corner of the state, a collective block of approximately 636,000 acres of land ranging in size from 6-acre Turkey Creek Wetland Conservation Area in LaGrange County to the 196,000-acre Hoosier National Forest that sprawls across nine counties of southern Indiana.

As big as that sounds, it represents less than 3 percent of Indiana’s overall land base. Places to hunt include fish and wildlife areas, wetland conservation areas, state forests and associated recreation areas, and Kankakee Sands, which is owned by The Nature Conservancy but managed for hunting by the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Almost every acre will be covered come Saturday when the 16-day deer firearms season begins. Rules governing use differ from site to site, so it’s worth checking with the property manager before going.

“Most of the places are certainly what I'd call well used,” said Glenn Lange of the Division of Fish and Wildlife. “Of all the hunting efforts in Indiana, both on public and private land, our fish and wildlife areas provided about 11 percent.”

In the 2002-03 hunting season, the most recent Lange had available, there 150,411 hunter visits just to fish and wildlife areas.

At Roush Reservoir, manager Jeff Reid said there were 15,000 hunter efforts last year. Property manager Dennis White reported 10,000 hunter efforts at Salamonie Reservoir.

In general, deer hunting is one of the busiest times.

“The first weekend of shotgun season is quite crowded,” Reid said. “We always tell people, if you come to wear plenty of orange.”

Safety, however, has not been a problem.

“In the 32 years I've been here, we've never had a hunting accident that resulted from someone shooting at another hunter,” White said. “Knock on wood. I hope it never happens.”

Whether it’s hunting for deer or for rabbits, squirrels, pheasants or waterfowl, public hunting sites are high-traffic areas in autumn.

Some hunters refuse to go there.

If they don't own property, they take their chances knocking on doors in search of a landowner willing to give them permission.

Not everyone is so fortunate.

“Basically, I don't have anywhere else to go,” said Dave Worsley, 45, of Elwood.

“It seems to me anymore that a lot of landowners are going to lease programs. Don't get me wrong. They've got to make a living, but for a guy like me with two kids in college, it’s tough to pay $1,000 to lease hunting land for two to three months. I'm glad public property is available to us.”

Worsley has been hunting at Mississinewa Reservoir for 28 years and says he’s taken several nice deer.

“Everybody talks about it being so crowded,” he said.

“Yeah, the opening weekend it’s kind of orange, but I really don't have a problem. I've kind of learned the lay of the land and kind of know where to go.”

 

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/sports/10122608.htm

 

One More (important, too, or it wouldn't be here):

 

Rendell Administration Awards $5.5 Million in Growing Greener Grants for Watershed Protection

(Note: Guess where all the 'grant' 'awards' money is coming from? Your taxpayer pockets and pocketbooks! Do you think all this 'protection', 'restoration' and 'creation' is something that should receive funding? Here in rural west-central Ohio, 'our' 'watershed group' is anything BUT 'expert' on things and seeks only as much communication with farmers and landowners as is necessary to secure a never-ending stream of GRANT MONEY to keep their jobs. There is no interest in the production agriculture here -- only in 1,500-foot wide BUFFER ZONES on EACH SIDE of ALL streams, including INTERMITTENT streams that are dry for 9-10 months each year, and manmade drainage ditches. This means that the farmer or homeowner is forbidden to MOW grass in these areas, or clear downed trees or logjams in creeks, or do ANYTHING. THAT, dear reader, is the THEFT of Property Rights.)

 

November 4, 2004

PRNewswire

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - On behalf of Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty today announced that DEP has awarded $5.5 million in Growing Greener grants to help local conservation organizations finance continuing efforts to clean up watersheds, enhance environmental protection and revitalize communities across Pennsylvania.

The grant total is down significantly from previous years. Many watershed groups were turned down or had their grants substantially reduced because the Governor's $800 million bond initiative to expand and enhance Growing Greener has not been passed by the Legislature.

"DEP has repeatedly testified and the Governor has warned that failing to support Growing Greener II would mean devastating cuts for watershed groups throughout the Commonwealth," Secretary McGinty said. "The fact of the matter is that without additional resources, prospects for the future are grim: DEP's Growing Greener is a program in trouble. This recent and very disappointing grant award is proof. It is simply imperative that the Governor's initiative be taken up and passed as quickly as possible."

Secretary McGinty stressed that more grants would have been awarded and dozens of grants would have received substantially more funding if the Governor's plan to expand and enhance Growing Greener had been passed. DEP received nearly 450 applications for watershed restoration and protection projects.

Along with Growing Greener, DEP also announced Clean Water and Mineral Resources grants and contracts. The breakdown includes: $5.5 million in Growing Greener grants; $3.7 million in Nonpoint Source Implementation Program Grants, funded through Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act; $5.9 million from the federal Office of Surface Mining; $2.6 million from the Orphan Oil and Gas Well Plugging Fund and the Abandoned Well Plugging Fund; and $1 million in Watershed Contracts.

DEP's Growing Greener program also provides the Commonwealth's required state match for the federal Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. This year, $5 million will be made available to Pennsylvania farmers to participate in this program.

The Secretary made the CREP announcement in August during Ag Progress Days, the state's largest outdoor agricultural exposition. (See the previous release on DEP's Web site at: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/newsreleases/default.asp?ID=3047&varQueryType=Detail.)

DEP also supports the county conservation districts through Growing Greener. This year, $3.9 million is provided to 64 conservation district watershed specialist positions throughout the state. The Secretary announced these grants in July during a tour of the Hick's Creek Watershed in Luzerne County. DEP announces this money early because districts need to know if they are getting grants, which are critical to the continued employment of watershed staff who help local groups protect and improve their watersheds, provide expert advice to farmers and landowners for conservation practices, work with DEP regional watershed coordinators on all proposals and projects, and help support local Growing Greener projects in their counties. (See the previous release at DEP's Web site at: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/newsreleases/default.asp?ID=2984&varQueryType=Detail)

The grants will facilitate environmental improvements that include the plugging of 344 wells; reclamation of 250 acres of abandoned mines; creation or restoration of 21 acres of wetlands; improvement of 15 miles of streams impacted by nonpoint source pollution; planting of 12 miles of riparian buffer; enhancements to 15 miles of stream banks; and formation of three new watershed groups.

For more information on Growing Greener, visit DEP's Web site at http://www.dep.state.pa.us, Keyword: "DEP Growing Greener." http://www.growinggreener2.com

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a list by county of the $5.5 million in Growing Greener watershed restoration and protection grants:

ALLEGHENY COUNTY

Allegheny County Economic Development - $50,000 to develop the land use portions of the Allegheny County Comprehensive Plan.

Allegheny County Parks Department - $70,000 to construct a passive treatment system to treat three abandoned mine discharges in Boyce Park.

Plum Creek Watershed Association Inc. - $35,000 to develop a watershed restoration and protection plan for Plum Creek.

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh - $100,000 for restoration on the Nine Mile Run Watershed.

ARMSTRONG COUNTY

Armstrong Conservation District - $8,544 for 300 ft. of streambank protection along Glade Run.

BEAVER COUNTY

Beaver County Conservation District - $50,000 to install agricultural best management practices on a series of farms in the Raccoon Creek Watershed.

BEDFORD COUNTY

Bedford County Conservation District - $24,000 to implement agriculture best management practices including rotational grazing and pasture renovation in the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River Watershed.

BERKS COUNTY

Berks County Conservancy - $20,000 to install streambank fencing, cattle crossings, remove multi-flora and plant native trees along 7,000 ft. of an unnamed tributary to the Schuylkill River.

Berks County Conservation District - $35,000 to provide technical assistance to farmers on impaired streams.

Hay Creek Watershed Association - $25,000 to conduct a riparian buffer assessment and Greenway Plan for the Hay Creek Watershed.

Maiden Creek Watershed Association - $4,000 for water quality monitoring supplies for volunteer monitors.

BLAIR COUNTY

Blair County Conservation District - $24,000 for Piney Creek Watershed improvements.

BRADFORD COUNTY

Canton Township - $35,000 to stabilize severely eroded streambank by cutting back banks, armoring where needed and revegetating in the Towanda Creek Watershed.

BUCKS COUNTY

Bucks County Conservation District - $25,000 to assess stormwater facilities and make recommendations for stormwater retrofits and stream restorations on the lower portion of Cooks Run.

East Rockhill Township - $13,510 to conduct an inventory of existing stormwater systems in the East Branch Perkiomen Creek Watershed.

Trout Unlimited, Inc., Bucks County Chapter - $15,000 for design of the Cooks Creek stream restoration.

CAMBRIA COUNTY

Cambria County Conservation District - $30,000 to implement the lake management plan for Beaverdam Reservoir.

CAMERON COUNTY

Cameron County Conservation District - $55,000 to stabilize approximately 700 ft. of the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning through ****natural stream channel design techniques.

CARBON COUNTY

Carbon County Conservation District - $384,000 to complete construction of a ****natural channel design on First Hollow Run in the Nesquehoning Creek Watershed.

CENTRE COUNTY

Penns Valley Conservation Association - $16,000 for Penns Valley School and community watershed education and outreach.

CHESTER COUNTY

Chester County Conservation District - $65,000 for the development and implementation of mushroom farm environmental management plans in the Red Clay and White Clay Watersheds.

Jenkins Arboretum - $4,998 to create a riparian buffer along Trout Creek.

CLEARFIELD COUNTY

Bennett Branch Watershed Association - $50,000 for mine drainage treatment on Mill Run.

Clearfield County Conservation District - $7,500 for a limited watershed assessment of the sources of mine drainage into Moravian Run.

West Branch Area School District - $5,000 to involve students in the Alder Run Watershed assessment project.

CLINTON COUNTY

City of Lock Haven - $10,000 to update the Lock Haven Regional Watershed Management Plan.

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Columbia County Conservation District - $40,000 for the East Branch Fishing Creek Watershed assessment and restoration plan.

CRAWFORD COUNTY

Crawford Conservation District - $30,000 to continue high school student- led streambank restoration projects.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council - $60,000 to implement best management practices in the Oil Creek Watershed.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Cumberland County Conservation District - $35,000 to install agriculture best management practices on three farms in the Yellow Breeches Watershed.

Trout Unlimited, Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter - $17,000 for design and permitting for the Big Spring Creek restoration project.

DAUPHIN COUNTY

City of Harrisburg - $60,000 for restoration of Black Run.

   

DELAWARE COUNTY

Newtown Township - $8,000 to design an infiltration trench, vegetated swales and other best management practices to address stormwater in the Newtown Heights development.

ERIE COUNTY

Erie County Conservation District - $39,546 for the Cascade Creek stream restoration.

FAYETTE COUNTY

Trout Unlimited, Inc., Chestnut Ridge Chapter - $300,000 to construct a passive treatment system to treat several abandoned mine discharges to Morgan Run.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Franklin County Conservation District - $27,000 to install streambank fencing along Conococheague Creek.

FULTON COUNTY

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy - $50,000 for a multi-faceted approach to implementing agriculture best management practice technical assistance in the Potomac and Juniata River Watersheds.

HUNTINGDON COUNTY

Huntingdon County Conservation District - $15,000 to analyze the relationship between land use and nutrient loading in impaired reaches of Warriors Mark Run.

INDIANA COUNTY

Indiana County Conservation District - $7,000 to passively treat an abandoned mine discharge along Two Lick Creek.

Stream Restoration Inc. - $30,000 to identify the source of a diffuse abandoned mine discharge along Reeds Run.

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Jefferson County Conservation District - $10,000 to construct 3,000 ft. of ****natural stream channel design on Little Toby Creek in Brockway Borough and Snyder Township; $30,000 to design a passive treatment system to address abandoned mine drainage on Caylor Run.

PA CleanWays of Jefferson County - $14,319 for assessment of illegal dump sites in Jefferson County.

JUNIATA COUNTY

*Juniata County Conservation District - $26,000 for Phase II of project W.A.T.E.R. (Watershed Analysis Triggering Environmental Results)

LACKAWANNA COUNTY

Natural Lands Trust Inc. - $60,000 for the Glenburn Pond Dam Breach.

 

LEBANON COUNTY

County of Lebanon - $80,000 to evaluate watershed resources as part of the Lebanon County Comprehensive Plan.

Mid-State Resource Conservation & Development Council - $18,416 to implement a rotational grazing system on one or more farms in Lebanon County, through "**Project Grass." GRASS (Grass Roots Education and Empowerment Network)

LUZERNE COUNTY

Earth Conservancy - $100,000 for Phase III of the Sugar Notch Bank Area reclamation.

Exeter Borough - $64,983 for maintenance cleaning to fix creek.

Luzerne Conservation District - $25,000 for the Luzerne County Dirt and Gravel Roads best management practices program.

LYCOMING COUNTY

Loyalsock Township Board of Supervisors - $5,000 to repair bank erosion and structure malfunction on Miller's Run.

Lycoming College Clean Water Institute - $10,000 to establish the Lower West Branch Susquehanna Advisory Group.

Montgomery Borough - $20,000 for the Black Hole Creek Forensic Analysis and Restoration Plan Development.

MCKEAN COUNTY

Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development Council - $20,000 for the Tunungwant streambank stabilization.

Kinzua Valley Trail Club - $70,000 to implement best management practices in the Kinzua Creek Watershed.

MERCER COUNTY

City of Hermitage - $35,000 for the Baker Run stream enhancement.

Stream Restoration Incorporated - $80,000 for the design and implementation of an aerobic wetland treatment system on Fox Run.

MONROE COUNTY

Tobyhanna Creek/Tunkannock Creek Watershed Association - $30,000 for a formal groundwater study, documentation of habitat communities and more extensive water quality and quantity investigation throughout the watershed.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Montgomery County Conservation District - $14,500 to install 3,600 ft. of stream fencing, three cattle crossings and four check dams on the Travis Moser Farm.

MONTOUR COUNTY

Montour County Conservation District - $44,000 for restoration of a 920- ft. reach of Mahoning Creek using ***Natural Channel Design. http://www.lgl.com/NCD.htm

MULTIPLE COUNTIES

Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia - $100,000 to develop a management tool that can be used to maximize the benefits of riparian restoration.

Clearwater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania - $200,000 to develop a land use and water resource planning model for statewide application.

Enterprising Environmental Solutions - $85,414 to promote the Pennsylvania Environmental Agricultural Conservation Certification of Excellence (PEACCE) program.

Headwaters Charitable Trust - $60,000 to develop an operation and maintenance plan for the Mill Creek Watershed abandoned mine drainage treatment systems.

National Trout Unlimited - $120,000 to provide abandoned mine drainage technical and organizational assistance.

The Nature Conservancy - $125,000 to classify macroinvertebrate, fish and mussel ecosystems within Pennsylvania's Riverine Systems.

Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts - $200,000 to provide engineering and other technical assistance.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council - $250,000 to design and implement a water quality trading program for the Susquehanna and Potomac Watersheds.

Pennsylvania Land Trust Association - $50,000 to provide a conservation easement tool to guide stakeholders through the process of establishing permanent conservation easements.

Susquehanna River Basin Commission - $60,000 for a water conservation technical assistance and training program.

Villanova University - $30,000 for urban stormwater monitoring directed studies, technology transfer and education.

Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation - $100,000 for sample analysis support for monitoring passive abandoned mine treatment systems.

PERRY COUNTY

Perry County Conservation District - $35,000 to implement a No-Till Incentive Program.

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY

Awbury Arboretum Association - $25,000 to restore a small stream flowing through an urban park.

JASTECH Development Services - $30,000 to retrofit impervious areas with pervious parking and bio-retention systems at the Overbrook Environmental Education Center.

Mountain Watershed Association - $10,000 to create an environmental justice organization in southeast Pennsylvania to work on watershed issues.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council - $50,000 to construct a riparian buffer along 1,800 ft. of the Delaware River, and two acres of restored riverbank forest.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society - $250,000 to provide tree cover in five counties in southeastern Pennsylvania as part of "TreeVitalize."

Woodmere Art Museum - $90,000 for stormwater remediation on museum property.

POTTER COUNTY

Potter County Conservation District - $20,000 to form the Upper Allegheny Watershed Association.

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY

Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation - $200,000 for environmental modifications to the Air Products NF3 West II or III plant.

Schuylkill Headwaters Association Inc. - $200,000 to develop a hydrologic budget for the Pine Knot-Oak Hill Discharge Tunnel.

SNYDER COUNTY

Snyder County Conservation District - $8,000 to form the Lower Penns Creek Watershed Association.

SOMERSET COUNTY

Windber Borough - $25,000 to design a passive treatment system for two abandoned deep mine discharges to Weaver Run.

TIOGA COUNTY

Corey Creek Watershed Association - $100,000 to stabilize approximately 1,345 ft. of Corey Creek through ****natural stream channel design techniques.

UNION COUNTY

Union County Conservation District - $94,000 for the reconstruction of 3,600 linear feet of Lower White Deer Creek using ****natural channel design.

VENANGO COUNTY

Venango Conservation District - $21,387 to restore approximately 450 ft. of streambank in the Borough of Cooperstown.

WARREN COUNTY

Warren County Conservation District - $40,000 for streambank reconstruction and stabilization in the Allegheny River Watershed.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Washington County Conservation District - $70,000 to install agricultural best management practices in the Cross Creek Watershed.

WESTMORELAND COUNTY

Loyalhanna Watershed Association - $50,000 to install agricultural best management practices on seven farms in the Loyalhanna Creek Watershed; $30,000 to conduct a hydrologic study of four abandoned mine drainage discharges to the Loyalhanna Creek.

Sewickley Creek Watershed Association - $60,000 to install agricultural best management practices on 10 farms in the Sewickley Creek Watershed.

WYOMING COUNTY

Wyoming County Conservation District - $50,000 to implement agriculture best management practices to the most severely impacted sites in the watershed.

YORK COUNTY

Greater Hanover Alliance - $12,500 to conduct a water budget analysis on the South Branch Conewago Watershed.

                                    * * *

The following is [an excerpted] list by county of the $3.7 million in Nonpoint Source Implementation Program Grants, funded through Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act:

 

BUCKS COUNTY

Bucks County Conservation District - $7,800 to install agricultural best management practices in the Neshaminy Creek Watershed; $19,500 to begin stabilization of the shoreline on Magnolia Lake.

Plumstead Township - $24,680 to construct a wetland from an existing wet basin.

BUTLER COUNTY

Stream Restoration Inc. - $151,740 for engineering design, construction of an aerobic wetland and horizontal limestone bed and operation and maintenance on Blacks Creek.

CHESTER COUNTY

Chester County Conservation District - $100,000 to create 7 passive treatment wetlands adjacent to Trout Run.

CLEARFIELD COUNTY  

Lawrence Township Supervisors - $30,553 to develop an assessment and restoration plan on the Montgomery Run Watershed.

FULTON COUNTY

Fulton County Conservation District - $78,715 to implement agricultural best management practices on Spring Run.

HUNTINGDON COUNTY

Huntingdon County Conservation District - $75,021 to passively add alkalinity to Miller Run; $37,600 to design, permit and construct an open limestone channel passive treatment system in the very headwaters on an unnamed tributary to Shoup Run; $151,500 to design, permit and construct a passive treatment system for an abandoned mine discharge in the very headwaters of an unnamed tributary to Shoup Run.

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Jefferson County Conservation District - $250,000 for ****natural stream channel design on a 3,000 ft. reach of Little Toby Creek; $301,055 for engineering design, gob pile removal, and implementation of a wetland passive treatment system on the Corbettown discharge.

LANCASTER COUNTY

Izaak Walton League - $100,000 for approximately 20,000 ft. of streambank fencing and riparian plantings in the Mill Creek Watershed.

Lancaster County Conservation District - $178,000 for agricultural best management practices in the Conestoga Watershed.

Little Conowingo Watershed Alliance - $33,770 for the design and permitting of the Miller Run stream restoration.

Trout Unlimited, Inc. Donegal Chapter - $46,324 to develop an assessment and restoration plan for the Conewago Watershed.

LUZERNE COUNTY

Harveys Lake Borough/Harveys Lake Environmental Advisory Council - $85,000 to design, construct and implement the Ecosystem Management Plan.

MIFFLIN COUNTY

Mifflin County Conservation District - $66,000 to install agricultural best management practices on Dave Bylers heifer farm in the Kishacoquillas Creek Watershed; $29,000 to install agricultural best management practices on Shawn Yoder's farm in the Kishacoquillas Creek Watershed.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Lower Merion Township - $64,399 for Phase II of the streambank stabilization and wetland enhancement in West Mill Creek Park.

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association - $1,500 to establish a 25 ft.- wide "shade" riparian buffer along upper Wissahickon Creek.

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY

Fairmont Park Commission/NLREEP [Natural Lands Restoration and Environmental Education Program http://www.nlreep.org and http://www.nlreep.org/invasive_plants.htm to 'educate' about 'invasives' as though all invasives were non-native plants, which they are NOT]  - $80,380 to implement stormwater best management practices at Monastery Stables.

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY

Schuylkill County Conservation District - $250,000 to construct an aerobic wetland to treat the abandoned mine drainage from the Tracey Airhole Discharge and re-establish the historic channel of Goodspring Creek.

WAYNE COUNTY

Wayne Conservation District - $15,600 to construct portable timber bridges for water quality protection.

YORK COUNTY

Izaak Walton League of America, Inc. - $49,000 for Phase V of the ****natural stream channel design restoration on the East Branch of Codorous Creek; $25,000 for stream restoration monitoring and maintenance in the South and East Branch of Codorous Creek.

TIOGA COUNTY

Babb Creek Watershed Association Inc. - $102,603 to replace a passive treatment system in the Babb Creek Watershed that has met its design life.

 

Contact: Kurt M. Knaus, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 717-787-1323/4674. kknaus@state.pa.us

 

http://www.growinggreener2.com

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041104/phth015_1.html

"People to Know" in the PA enviro arena (extensive list):

http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/subject/people.htm

PA "Environmental Quality" Board Member list (extensive)

http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/subject/eqb/eqb_member.htm

*"Funding for the Growing Greener Program was doubled and extended through 2012 in the state budget signed into law by Governor Mark Schweiker in June. DEP’s portion of Growing Greener funding was increased to $547.7 million from $241.5 million in the original program." Source: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/newsreleases/default.asp?ID=1941&varQueryType=Detail

**"Project Grass" Google.com Search: Results 1 - 10 of about 1,210 for "Project Grass".

***SHRG - "Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines" http://wdfw.wa.gov/hab/ahg/shrg/07-shrg_channel_modification_.pdf

****"Natural Channel Design is a practice aimed at restoring and rehabilitating river systems that have been degraded by past and present human activities. Through an understanding of natural channel tendencies, the Natural Channel Design philosophy provides habitat and other functions that would be expected in an undisturbed river system." http://www.lgl.com/NCD.htm

*****NLREEP - Natural Lands Restoration and Environmental Education Program http://www.nlreep.org and http://www.nlreep.org/invasive_plants.htm to 'educate' about 'invasives' as though all invasives were non-native plants, which they are NOT.