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Source: Yahoo! Finance
Date: October 31, 2006
Byline: Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Announces $1.23 Million to Protect Pennsylvania Coastal Zones

RELEVANT EXCERPT: Tinicum Township, Delaware County — $50,000 to conduct a feasibility study to determine the best adaptive uses and costs associated with the rehabilitation of the historic Lazaretto Compound on the Delaware River.


35 Grants Will Protect Environment, Boost Economy, Improve Quality of Life

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ — Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced $1.23 million in grants for 35 projects intended to protect and enhance Pennsylvania's coastal zones along the Lake Erie and the Delaware Estuary shorelines.

"Pennsylvania's coastal zones are tremendously valuable parts of our environment and outdoor landscape, and they also play a key role in our quality of life and economic growth," Governor Rendell said. "Right now, these areas face increasing pressure from development, shoreline erosion, biodiversity losses and nonpoint source pollution. Sound management of these resources is vital to both the environmental and economic health of Pennsylvania."

Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty announced the $1.23 million while presenting a $15,000 grant to Marcus Hook Borough officials in a ceremony along the Delaware River behind the Marcus Hook Community Center, just south of Market Square Memorial Park in Delaware County.

The borough will use its $15,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study to determine the best and most sound way to develop a marina at the park. Market Square Memorial Park provides the only direct access for the community to the Delaware River in Marcus Hook Borough.

"What makes these coastal zones so dynamic is the direct connection between natural resources and community life, as is demonstrated so clearly here in Marcus Hook," McGinty said. "Tourism, recreation, port development, business and industrial development — all of these vitally important activities depend on how we manage and protect our coastal resources."

Marcus Hook used a Coastal Zone Management Grant in 2004 to develop a walkway and pier in the area, and the proposed marina would further the environmental and recreational enhancement of the park for area residents, making the environment a centerpiece of community growth.

"Increasing the recreational potential of the Delaware River is the focus of the Marcus Hook Marina master plan," Borough Manager Bruce Dorbian said. "The project builds upon the phased growth of the borough's riverfront park and neighborhood development activities, as well as the area's rich history. The project provides a close-to-home recreational entry to the river for boaters and fishermen."

The coastal zone is the area where the land meets the sea and includes both coastal waters and adjacent shorelands. Pennsylvania has two coastal areas: 57 miles of coastline along the Delaware Estuary and 63 miles of coastline along Lake Erie.

The Delaware Estuary Coastal Zone lies within Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. The zone contains islands, marshes and the shorelands of tributaries that are affected by ocean tides. The combined facilities of the Delaware Estuary comprise the largest freshwater port in the world.

The Lake Erie Coastal Zone is located within Erie County and includes the shorelines of major tributaries. The zone extends to the middle of the lake to the boundary with Canada and inland 900 feet within the city of Erie. The lake, one of the state ports for international shipping, also contains Presque Isle State Park.

The Pennsylvania Coastal Zone Management Program provides grants and technical assistance to nonprofit groups, local governments and state agencies to improve public access, protect natural resources, expand strategies to improve local economies, promote proper planning and conserve coastal resources.

The grants finance projects such as rehabilitating streambanks and restoring riparian buffers to reduce pollution flowing into waterways; reforesting urban areas, managing stormwater runoff; and developing new technologies to locate and address unseen sources of pollution.

The majority of Coastal Zone Management Grants are funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from money made available by the U.S. Congress. Grant recipients include local governments, nonprofit organizations and state agencies. Since the program's federal approval in 1980, the Pennsylvania Coastal Zone Management Program has provided more than $51 million in funding for coastal zone projects.

For more information on Pennsylvania's Coastal Zone Management Program, visit DEP's Web site at www.depweb.state.pa.us, Keyword: "Coastal Zone."

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The Rendell Administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at: www.governor.state.pa.us.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a complete list of the more than $1.23 million in Coastal Zone Management Grants.

Berks County Conservation District — $25,000 to conduct public outreach and education about nonpoint pollution, including Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program management measures; develop education and outreach programs and opportunities, and participate in the department's nonpoint source statewide objectives.

Bucks County Conservation District — $25,000 to conduct public outreach and education about nonpoint pollution including Coastal Nonoint Pollution Program management measures; develop education and outreach programs and opportunities; and participate in the department's nonpoint source statewide objectives.

Cheltenham Township — $40,000 to conduct the next phase in a multi-year effort to rehabilitate the Tookany Creek streambanks using bioengineering techniques to restore and enhance the stream's riparian buffers.

Chester County Conservation District — $25,000 to conduct public outreach and education about nonpoint pollution including Coastal Nonoint Pollution Program management measures; develop education and outreach programs and opportunities; and participate in the department's nonpoint source statewide objectives.

Delaware County Conservation District — $25,000 to conduct public outreach and education about nonpoint pollution including Coastal Nonoint Pollution Program management measures; develop education and outreach programs and opportunities; and participate in the department's nonpoint source statewide objectives.

Delaware County Planning Commission — $50,000 to conduct research, preliminary design work and meetings with the stakeholders of several proposed routes aimed at the eventual development of this segment of the East Coast Greenway in concert with the effort being conducted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission — $43,000 to maintain coordination with local, state and federal agencies and the general public and provide administrative support at the regional level in furtherance of Pennsylvania's Coastal Zone Management policies.

Erie City — $25,000 to help reforest parts of the city of Erie to help mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff and other nonpoint pollution that makes its way into Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie.

Erie County Conservation District — $25,000 to conduct research, preliminary design work and meetings with stakeholders of several proposed routes aimed at the eventual development of this segment of the East Coast Greenway in concert with the effort being conducted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

Erie County Department of Planning — $79,000 to maintain coordination with local, state and federal agencies and the general public and provide administrative support at the regional level to further Pennsylvania's Coastal Zone Management policies.

Erie County Department of Planning — $6,600 to assist coastal municipalities with the preparation, revision and modification of Bluff Recession and Setback Act (BRSA) ordinances. Funds can also be used to monitor and implement various code enforcement activities as they apply to the administration of the BRSA throughout the Lake Erie Coastal Zone.

Erie County Health Department — $20,900 to develop a companion project to the Science Consortium Testing for new bacteria testing technology at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Samples will be drawn from the tributaries flowing into Lake Erie west of Presque Isle in an effort to determine the source of the pollution, as well as determine if the source is from animal or human bacteria.

Erie County Public Safety Citizens Corp. — $50,000 to help the county purchase a specialized "ice boat" emergency rescue craft that can operate in severe winter weather and help ensure the safety of people who participate in winter recreational activities on Presque Isle Beach and Lake Erie.

Erie Times-News in Education — $33,700 to develop and design 10 educational pages for monthly, full-page inserts in special newspaper features, including pages dedicated to the Lake Erie Coastal Cleanup in September 2007. Erie Times-News in Education also will partner with Lake Erie-Allegheny Earth Force to conduct educator workshops and develop subject content for the 10 issues.

Harborcreek Township — $75,000 to help construct a safe harbor at Shades Beach Park to provide boat-launch capability as well as a safe harbor for boaters caught in a storm on the open lake. This much-needed facility will serve the entire eastern sector of coastal Erie County. Currently, there are very limited facilities that can be used both for a safe harbor and as a boat launching point in the eastern part of the county.

Heritage Conservancy — $20,000 to reduce nonpoint source pollution by aiding restoration of riparian buffers in Berks County Highlands, which drain into the Schuylkill River.

Lake Erie-Allegheny Earth Force Inc. — $40,000 to develop the next in a series of environmental education projects designed to enhance environmental awareness and a strong stewardship ethic among the region's youth. Components will include elements dedicated to addressing nonpoint source pollution with an emphasis on sustaining healthy, freshwater ecosystems.

Marcus Hook Borough — $15,000 to conduct a feasibility study to determine the best courses of action and methods to develop a marina at Market Square Park. This is one of the few parks providing direct public access to the river in Delaware County.

Millcreek Township School District and Asbury Woods Nature Center — $20,000 to fund the next in a series of environmental education programs for youth throughout the Lake Erie region.

Montgomery County Conservation District — $25,000 to conduct public outreach and education about nonpoint pollution including Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program management measures; develop education and outreach programs and opportunities; and participate in the department's nonpoint source statewide objectives.

Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit — $25,000 to continue the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit Regional Summer School of Excellence. Students will work with expert scientists and teaching assistants using modern equipment at Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. This will provide hands-on university laboratory and field-based environmental health research and career exploration for high school students.

Norwood Borough — $27,500 for the final design and placement of a walking trail around the perimeter of the borough's main park.

PA Clean Ways Inc. — $45,000 to organize cleanups in at least three priority watershed locations within the lower Delaware Estuary Coastal Zone. These will be in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day activities in 2007.

PA-Lake Erie Watershed Association — $3,500 to develop, publicize and conduct at least two workshops for property owners whose properties are located along the bluffs throughout Erie County. Topics include best management practices to help preserve the integrity of the bluffs along the Lake Erie shoreline and what regular homeowners can do to help preserve the bluffs.

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Inc. — $27,000 to partner with Philadelphia Water Department and others to conduct "Pennsylvania Coast Day 2007" events at the historic Fairmont Water Works in the tidal portion of the Schuylkill River. The objective of the day is to educate the public about coastal resources.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council — $50,000 to research and design planning efforts for the East Coast Greenway. This work will include title research of properties, preliminary site plans and public outreach with stakeholders along the six segments being planned within the Coastal Zone of Philadelphia County along the Delaware River.

Pennsylvania "Sea Grant"/Penn State University — $50,000 to inventory, research and compile data collected over the years relative to Presque Isle Bay with the intent of developing a long-term management plan for the health and welfare of the bay.

Pennsylvania "Sea Grant"/Penn State University — $99,588 to continue to build the state's ability to manage coastal habitat restoration efforts and other coastal zone activities.

Philadelphia Horticultural Society — $50,000 to purchase nursery stock for use in the southeastern Pennsylvania "TreeVitalize" program being spearheaded by the society. This grant will be used to purchase trees for planting throughout targeted areas of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Water Department — $25,000 to conduct public outreach and education about nonpoint pollution including Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program management measures; develop education and outreach programs such as smart boating/clean waters program; and identify historic sites and structures and evaluate the need for restoration.

Schuylkill County Conservation District — $25,000 to conduct public outreach and education about nonpoint pollution including Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program management measures; develop education and outreach programs and opportunities; and participate in the department's nonpoint source statewide objectives.

Schuylkill River Development Corp. — $35,000 to determine both the feasibility and the identification of potential locations for a dock to serve the current tourism efforts being developed along the Lower Schuylkill River in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Regional Science Consortium of Erie — $39,400 fund new testing technology that will be used at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center to test Lake Erie water from all the beaches now located at the Presque Isle State Park. This will allow a 24-hour turnaround on beach closures where now it takes several days to determine the safety of swimming when a beach is closed.

Strong Vincent High School — $10,300 to organize and conduct SCUBA training for a select group of high school students who will then put in place, monitor and retrieve sedimentation collection devices in Presque Isle Bay.

Tinicum Township, Delaware County — $50,000 to conduct a feasibility study to determine the best adaptive uses and costs associated with the rehabilitation of the historic Lazaretto Compound on the Delaware River.

CONTACT: Kate Philips
717-783-1116
Kurt Knaus, DEP

717-787-1323

Source: Pennsylvania Office of the Governor