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April 24, 2019

POWR is Tweeting!

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April 18, 2019

Public Comment Period is OPEN for the Phase 3 Chesapeake Bay WIP

The draft Phase 3 PA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan was released on April 12. The public comment period is now open and will close on June 7. (News Release and links here: Phase 3 WIP)

The Phase 3 WIP describes how Pennsylvania will meet its obligations to reduce nutrient and sediment loads to local waters in the 43 counties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and how it will accelerate progress towards meeting the targets established by the Chesapeake Bay Partnership for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. The goal is to have all practices in place by 2025.

The draft Plan was developed starting in March of 2017 with input from many local and state partners, including representatives from community watershed associations. It contains recommendations for pollution reduction efforts in four major areas– Agriculture, Stormwater, Forestry, and Wastewater Facilities. The plan calls on all 43 counties in the Pennsylvania portion of the Bay Watershed to complete the county-level clean water planning process in order to develop detailed plans for meeting county nutrient reduction goals.

There will many opportunities for local community watershed organizations to play critical roles in this large and long-term effort. Not only is the voice of your organization important through the comment period, but your local knowledge and on-the-ground experiences will be an asset to your local county during the planning and implementation phases.

The final version of the Phase 3 WIP will be submitted to the federal Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership on August 9, 2019.

March 21, 2019

NFWF Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction and Small Watershed Grants Programs

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program partnership, is soliciting proposals to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. NFWF estimates awarding $12-14 million in grants through the Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants and Small Watershed Grants (SWG) programs in 2019, contingent on the availability of funding. Major funding for the Stewardship Fund comes from the EPA. Other important contributions are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Altria Group. Two separate Request for Proposals detailing NFWF’s funding priorities and other key considerations are attached.

INSR pre-proposals and SWG full proposals are due by midnight, Tuesday, May 14th and must be submitted through NFWF’s online application at www.nfwf.org/easygrants.

Additional informational webinars will be provided to offer an overview of each funding opportunity. Interested applicant are encouraged to register for these informational webinars using links provided in the following RFPs:

INNOVATIVE NUTRIENT AND SEDIMENT REDUCTION GRANTS

SMALL WATERSHED GRANTS

January 16, 2019

Join us for the 15th Annual Great American Cleanup of PA
Removing trash from our watersheds is one of the best and easiest ways to improve the health of our watersheds.Click here for details: 2019 Great PA Cleanup

January 16, 2019

PA DCNR Announces Clarion River Named PA 2019 River of the Year in Public Voting – Click here for details: PA DCNR 2019 PA River of the Year Announced