HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s county conservation districts were awarded more than $35,000 for projects in 16 counties for 2019-20 Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Mini-Grants. Conservation districts will use these grants to work with landowners to prevent pollution in our streams, lakes and rivers. Projects will take place over the next 12 months.
“These 15 projects will help spread the word about this program that helps landowners enhance their land. Land enrolled in CREP helps protect water quality and reduces soil loss,” said Brenda Shambaugh, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts.
The following conservation districts were awarded up to $2,500 as part of the 2019-20 CREP mini-grant round:
- Allegheny & Westmoreland — $2,500
- Berks — $2,500
- Blair — $2,500
- Bradford — $2,500
- Butler — $2,310
- Clearfield — $2,500
- Columbia — $2,500
- Chester — $1,650
- Indiana — $2,500
- Jefferson — $2,500
- Juniata — $1,230
- Lycoming — $2,500
- Snyder — $2,500
- Sullivan — $2,500
- Tioga — $2,500
Projects include field days, workshops and one-on-one visits. Participants can ask questions about the CREP program and learn how to maintain land already in the program.
The CREP Outreach Program Office Mini-grant Program is provided by PACD through a Growing Greener Watershed Protection grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Additional support is provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
— Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.