Harrisburg – State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-6) today announced the awarding of state funding for watershed restoration projects in Northampton Township and Middletown Township, Bucks County.
“I am pleased that tax dollars are returning to our communities to help fund these important projects,” Tomlinson said. “Watershed restoration is a crucial part of environmental protection, but it is very expensive. These grants will help restore and protect our waterways while reducing the local financial burden.”
The Bucks County Conservation District is receiving a $300,000 Watershed Restoration and Projection Program grant to reduce sediment in Lake Luxembourg, Core Creek and Neshaminy Creek in Middletown Township. The project will include installing Best Management Practices including removal of sediment, and installing turtle habitats, tree vanes and vegetative plants. The total project cost is $2 million.
“This grant is vital to improving our environment and ensures that we are taking the proper steps to improve water quality through environmentally supported best practices,” Farry said.
Northampton Township is receiving $212,500 to help pay for design and construction of retrofitting an existing detention basin in the Eagle Valley Subdivision on Jennifer Lane. The basin floor has severely eroded causing excessive sediment to build up in the bond downstream on Norton Drive, limiting fish and aquatic life habitat. The total project cost is $250,000.
“This funding is instrumental in keeping the township’s water sources clean and free from sediment and contaminants,” said Thomas. “I am pleased that we were able to secure the funds that Northampton Township needed to make this project a reality.”
The funds were approved by the seven-member Commonwealth Financing Authority board. The CFA is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development. It holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. “I am proud to have worked with Representative Farry and Representative Thomas to secure this critical funding and applaud the efforts of the Bucks County Conservation District and Northampton Township in for applying for these grants,” said Tomlinson.