WEST CHESTER (February 2) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that two organizations in his Chester County district will receive $100,000 in total state funding to protect local waterways in the Lower Delaware Watershed with about 40 acres of riparian buffers.

“Forested riparian buffers continue to make a difference in keeping our streams clean and our drinking water safe,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said. “This grant funding will go a long way in promoting the use of such buffers to protect our environment by helping prevent storm water runoff and flooding issues.”

The grants come from the Riparian Buffer Program, a pilot program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). They are as follows:

  • $50,000 for the Natural Lands Trust for the construction of approximately 20 acres of riparian forest buffers along waterways in the Lower Delaware Watershed.

Work on both projects will include landowner outreach and engagement; buffer plantings and post-planting establishment; and other site-related improvements.

The Natural Lands Trust project is funded by the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund. The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County project is funded by the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener I).

Dinniman continues to be a strong supporter of protecting Chester County waterways with riparian buffers. He led the opposition against Act 162 of 2014 to roll back required buffer zones for new developments along streams designated as “exceptional value” or “high quality” and he continues to support legislation to expand their use.

“Chester County is home to almost 20 exceptional value or high-quality streams, and riparian buffers are crucial to keeping them that way,” Dinniman said.