Wilkes-Barre, PA (July 23, 2009)- The state has targeted $355 million for 111 clean-water projects, including several in the northeast region, Gov. Ed Rendell announced Tuesday. Allocated through the state’s PENNVEST program, $248 million will be available in low-interest loans, while the remaining $107 million in grants is the program’s second infusion of funding from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The largest allocation is a $30.7 million loan to expand the Lackawanna River Basin Sewer Authority’s wastewater-treatment plant to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous discharges. The plant would also eliminate combined sewer overflows to reduce direct river contamination.
Funds also allocated locally for projects including:
* A $300,000 grant to the Pennsylvania Urban & Community Forestry Council for 1,000 trees in 13 communities in Lackawanna County to reduce storm water runoff.
* A $185,000 grant to the Luzerne Conservation District to eliminate storm water runoff from its site by constructing a 10,000-gallon rainwater harvest system, a 230-foot storm water infiltration trench and installing 8,200 square feet of porous pavement.
* An $85,600 grant to Factoryville, Wyoming County, to install a green parking lot at the Factoryville Borough and Clinton Township Joint Municipal Park.
Times Leader- $355M set for water projects around area