– Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) announced today that a Growing Greener Grant is being awarded to Penn State University’s Master Watershed Steward program.
A $111,038 grant will expand the program into Cumberland County, which will help in providing watershed management training to volunteers. These volunteers will then take that knowledge and reinvest it into the community through research and education efforts. A second grant of $70,000 will be put toward internships for students who are trained in farm conservation and best management practice techniques for the purpose of working with county conservation districts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
“Growing up in a rural area with abundant fisheries and watersheds has given me a great appreciation for the farm conservationist community,” said Ecker. “I’m glad to see our local streams will be benefiting from this program, which aims to improve the environment for the Yellow Breaches trout and other water life. Protecting our local waterways is important so future generations can also enjoy the beautiful natural areas that we have in Cumberland County.”
Growing Greener grant projects have already been utilized throughout Pennsylvania in cleaning up abandoned mine lands, preserving farmland, and protecting and restoring watersheds. The Growing Greener grant program is maintained by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees.
Representative Torren Ecker
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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