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State Grant Will Provide Funding for Local Mine Restoration and Flood Remediation Project, Tobash Says
3/15/2013

HARRISBURG – The Donaldson Culm Bank and Good Spring Creek Restoration project, a two-part initiative in Frailey Township, will soon be the recipient of $151,022 in state grant funding, said Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Berks/Schuylkill).

The Schuylkill Conservation District applied for the grant through the state’s Growing Greener program to design a project focused on flood plain restoration so that in the event of future flooding, the water flowing from Good Spring Creek could spill over into that area and prevent flooding downstream in the entire Swatara Watershed.

The project has the added benefit of cleaning up an area where waste coal material was stored from mining operations. Flood plain restoration is one of the most important efforts to help mitigate the risk of flooding in the future, Tobash said.  “Listed as one of the priorities of the Swatara Watershed Workgroup, the Donaldson Culm Bank and Good Spring Creek Restoration project will restore floodplain area and reduce sediment loads to Good Spring Creek,” said Pine Grove Area/Upper Swatara long-term flood recovery manager, Bill Reichert. “This project will benefit the entire watershed from the headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay.”

“Implementation of this grant funding is another step in the right direction for not only the Donaldson, Good Spring and Tremont area, but all the surrounding areas,” said Tobash. “I applaud the Schuylkill County Conservation District, and I will continue to do all I can to assist with flood mitigation and restoration efforts across the district.”

Growing Greener is the single largest investment of state funds in Pennsylvania’s history to address the critical existing environmental concerns of the 21st century. DEP is authorized to allocate funds in grants for watershed restoration and protection, abandoned mine reclamation and abandoned oil and gas well plugging projects.

For more information on this project, or any state-related issue, visit RepTobash.com or Facebook.com/RepTobash or call his office in Schuylkill Haven at (570) 385-8235.

Representative Mike Tobash
125th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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