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Butler Township Awarded Grant for Watershed Improvement Project, Say Toohil, Gordner
5/6/2016
HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced a grant for a watershed improvement project in Butler Township, Luzerne County, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Sen. John Gordner (R-27).

Butler Township, which made the application on behalf of the Beech Mountain Lake Association, was awarded a grant of $170,000 for a project to reduce the sediment from an abandoned strip mine into two tributaries of the Susquehanna River. The funds will be used to construct a sediment retention facility in a portion of the Oley Creek watershed.

“Strip mining in this area has left a legacy of environmental problems, including the rapid and massive erosion of large quantities of sandy sediment into the watershed,” said Toohil. “This project will help protect the water quality of the Lake of the Four Seasons and the economic health of the surrounding community, which is heavily dependent on its recreational use.”

The funding is made available through DEP’s Growing Greener program and is intended to execute the Commonwealth’s Watershed Implementation Plan as part of the Chesapeake Bay restoration strategy.

“I am pleased funding was approved for this project, which will correct a problem that has raised the concern of area residents,” added Gordner.

Gordner said grants were also awarded for five projects in Montour, Northumberland and Snyder counties.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
RepToohil.com / Facebook.com/RepToohil
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