Stefano Announces State Grants Local Recreation and Water Treatment Projects

(HARRISBURG) – Five organizations in the 32nd Senatorial District have been awarded more than $723,000 state funding for projects that will provide new recreation opportunities for area residents and protect the environment.

Stefano said the grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The projects approved for funding are a part of three different programs that are administered by the CFA, including the Flood Mitigation Program, Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement & Treatment Program, and Greenways Trails & Recreation Program.

“I am pleased that our region will benefit from this much-needed state funding for important public improvements to better serve area residents and businesses,” Stefano said. “These local projects will help to contribute to our local economy and improve the quality of life for those who live here.”

Projects that have received funding include:

Redevelopment Authority of Fayette County, Uniontown PA
$167,193 for the repair and replacement of a concrete wall along Redstone Creek in the city of Uniontown.  The project will reduce the risk of severe flooding in the downtown area.

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pittsburgh PA
$276,570 for an acid mine drainage reclamation project at the Spruell strip mine site to prevent further pollution of the Glad Run and Dunbar Creek.

$30,000 for the construction of a 3,000 foot Whetzel Memorial Hiking Trail in Confluence Borough, Somerset County.

Seven Springs Borough, Champion PA
$100,000 to build two walking/cycling trails – the Easy Mountain Loop and the Lake Tahoe Loop.

Connellsville City, Connellsville PA
$50,000 to replace  the damaged boat ramp in Yough River Park, which has become unsafe and hazardous due to a winter storm in 2015.

Mountain Watershed Association, Melcroft PA
$100,000 for the development of the Indian Creek Valley Trail gorge section in Springfield Township, Westmoreland County. Project will include improving a 4.3 mile section of trail.

CONTACT: Ben Wren (717) 787-7175

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