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 more than $2 million and funded 42 projects.
The 2014 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grant awards will be announced at a press event on Wednesday Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at Cook Wissahickon School in Philadelphia. Following the announcement of over $330,000 in grant awards there will be a tour of the school's recently completed stormwater project.
See below for additional project summaries.
Read our blog post 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 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 •
Harold Adams Farm before (left) and after (right) streambank improvements
- 42 projects funded, 22 completed
- 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