Ross announces $61,000 state grant for environmental enhancements on area mushroom farms
● By Lev
Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester) announced last week that Chester County Conservation District has been awarded a $61,000 state grant through the Watershed Restoration Protection Program, which will be used to institute Agricultural Best Management Practices on three mushroom farms in New Garden Township.
The grant was made available through Act 13 of 2012 – the Marcellus Legacy Fund – and approved this morning by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The funding stems from the state’s share of proceeds from the impact fee assessed on natural gas drilling. It is used to restore and maintain stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff. The goal is to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Impaired Waters list.
“The Chester County Conservation District does a great job in improving the water quality in our streams and the environment generally,” said Ross. “This grant will enable the conservation district to assist mushroom farmers in the protection of ground water and surface water supplies.”
The total project cost is more than $85,000. Improvements will include increasing the size of the wastewater storage facilities and treatment systems, such as spray irrigation; modifications to prevent runoff from entering wetlands, streams and ponds; and other needed infrastructure improvements.
“This is exciting news for the citizens of New Garden Township and the benefits will flow well beyond its borders,” said Ross. “This is just another example of the important work being done on an ongoing basis by our conservation district.”