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Grants awarded to Highspire, Lower Swatara, Londonderry from pipeline fines

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 10/17/18

Highspire and Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships have all been awarded state grants to improve water quality and stormwater management and to stabilize stream banks.

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Grants awarded to Highspire, Lower Swatara, Londonderry from pipeline fines

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Highspire and Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships have all been awarded state grants to improve water quality and stormwater management and to stabilize stream banks.

Highspire is getting $205,000 to restore Burd Run through stream bank stabilization, tree and shrub planting, and stormwater management, according to a Department of Environmental Protection press release.

Londonderry Township is getting $193,200 to restore Conewago Creek through riparian forest buffers, stream bank stabilization, flood plain restoration and stormwater management.

Lower Swatara will get $180,000 for multiple stream and stream bank restoration projects near Greenfield Park and Middletown Area Middle School.

Derry Township Municipal Authority is also getting $103,000 to restore 1,700 feet of impaired stream bank in the township.

These four are among 61 projects getting grants statewide funded from the $12.6 million penalty that DEP imposed on Sunoco in February 2018 for permit violations related to building the Mariner East II pipeline.

Middletown applied for $841,399 to cover the entire cost of installing an underground system at Hoffer Park to manage stormwater, by preventing sediment and other pollutants from going into the Swatara Creek.

The application was one of many not funded because the amount requested  “far outpaced” the $12.6 million available, said Scott Carney, chief of the watershed support section for DEP.

The projects that were selected were chosen based on “individual merit,” Carney said.