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State Grant Will Help Improve Clarion River Water Quality

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 12:01 AM

Posted by Joanne Bauer

clarion-riverHARRISBURG, Pa. – A state grant worth $93,000 will help to ensure the quality of the Clarion River and nearby Clarion County Park, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) announced Friday.

(PHOTO: Clarion River. Photo captured by Rick Rarer.)

The grant, which was awarded to the Clarion County Conservation District, is part of the state’s Growing Greener program within the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Specifically, the grant seeks to rehabilitate an abandoned acid mine drainage passive treatment system.

Under the project, the improved system will treat up to 40 gallons per minute of mine water, which has low pH levels and high levels of heavy metal pollution. The water flows into the Clarion River, and the project will be adjacent to the Clarion County Park.

“The Clarion River and Clarion County Park are such vital assets in our county,” Oberlander said. “I am pleased this grant funding will be invested to help ensure the quality and viability of the river and the park for years to come.”

DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell is calling the project a win-win.

“This project will not only improve the quality of the water going into the Clarion River, it will also improve the overall aesthetics of the neighboring park, which is a win-win,” said McDonnell.

One of the largest investments into Pennsylvania’s environment, Growing Greener projects have been instrumental in cleaning up abandoned mine lands, preserving farmland, and protecting and restoring watersheds throughout the commonwealth.

The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees, Marcellus Shale impact fees and royalties from drilling on state-owned land.

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