Schuylkill River Restoration Fund
The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund provides grants to government agencies and non-profit organizations for projects that improve the quality of water in the watershed. The grants focus on three major sources of pollution: stormwater run-off, agricultural pollution and abandoned mine drainage.
Since being established in 2006, the fund has collected over $2.5 million and funded 73 projects.
On Sept. 17 we announced the recipients of the 2015 Restoration Fund grant awards at the Rice Farm in Kempton, PA. Grants totaling nearly $275,000 were awarded to nine projects that will improve the water quality in the Schuylkill River and its tributaries.
See additional project summaries below. Read our blog about the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund.
How it's Funded:
The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund is the result of a unique public/private partnership. Funders include: Exelon Generation's Limerick Generating Station, the Philadelphia Water Department, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, The Coca Cola Company, MOMs Organic Market and Aqua PA. A number of partners oversee the fund and its projects. The grants are administered by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, which is managed by the non-profit Schuylkill River Greenway Association. All grant recipients are carefully selected by an advisory committee consisting of: Exelon Generation • Delaware River Basin Commission • Philadelphia Water Department • Environmental Protection Agency • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection • Partnership for the Delaware Estuary • Schuylkill River Heritage Area • Schuylkill Action Network • The Coca Cola Company
*What are Land Transaction Assistance Grants?
The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund offers matching grants of up to $4,000 per project to assist with transaction costs for permanent land protection projects
(conservation easements, full fee acquisitions, donations) within the Schuylkill River
watershed. These grants are intended to facilitate the protection
of high priority lands for water quality and habitat protection. See Grant Guideliness for more details.
Harold Adams Farm before (left) and after (right) streambankimprovements
- 62 projects funded
- 5 Stormwater basins retrofitted
- 5 Abandoned mine drainage projects completed
- Over 6,500 feet of protected streams
- Over 10,000 feet of streambank fencing installed
- Over 1,500 native trees and shrubs planted
- Agricultural improvements to 12 Berks Co. farms