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Proposals Being Accepted for 2017 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grants

Grant proposals are now being accepted for the 2017 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund (SRRF). Established in 2006, the SRRF provides grants to government agencies and non-profit organizations for projects that improve the water quality of the Schuylkill River and its tributaries. The grants focus on three major sources of pollution: abandoned mine drainage, agricultural pollution, and stormwater runoff.

The SRRF was created under a DRBC docket and Exelon Generation LLC's desire to assist the restoration of the Schuylkill River Watershed, by providing large grants for on-the-ground improvements. DRBC approves the projects that are selected for funding using the Exelon funds and is one of several entities that sits on an advisory committee that reviews and chooses which projects get funded annually. Today, the SRRF is supported by several different contributors and has collected more than $2.7 million and funded 82 projects.

The SRRF is managed by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and brings together government agencies, private industries, non-profit organizations, local businesses, and local community members to achieve positive environmental results for the Schuylkill River Watershed.

Full details regarding the 2017 grant round and information on past projects that were awarded SRRF funds can be found at http://www.schuylkillriver.org/restoration_fund.aspx.