Nanticoke, December 20, 2018 – Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Earth Conservancy has received a $500,000 Growing Greener grant to continue the Espy Run stream restoration project in Hanover Township.
“Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener program is vital to environmental organizations, like the Earth Conservancy, as they work to mitigate acid mine drainage into the Susquehanna River by improving tributaries, like Espy Run,” said Senator John Yudichak.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the grant will be used primarily to restore a 1,900-foot section of Espy Run. The work includes installing riparian forested buffers to help shade and partially protect the stream from the impact of adjacent land use. It also includes a stream bank stabilization to re-establish the channel and restore the flow that is currently being lost into the underground mines.
“Espy Run is one of the many streams in our region damaged by historic anthracite mining. Earth Conservancy’s reconstruction of its channel will increase habitat, repair local hydrology, and reduce acid mine drainage entering the Nanticoke Creek,” said Mike Dziak, Earth Conservancy’s President and CEO.
“This will improve the water quality of the Nanticoke Creek watershed and ultimately the Susquehanna River. The Growing Greener program is so important for projects – like Espy Run – which seek to improve and protect Pennsylvania’s waterways. We greatly appreciate the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s and Senator Yudichak’s support.” Dziak added.
The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund.