WEST CHESTER (September 17, 2019)– State Senator Andy Dinniman and state Rep. Christina Sappey announced nearly $740,000 in state funding to support four greenways, trails, and watershed reclamation projects in Chester County.

“In Chester County, we value our natural resources and treasures. This funding will help build on that tradition of environmental conservation and preservation by stabilizing and protecting our watersheds and expanding our trail system for more outdoor recreation opportunities,” Dinniman, who serves on the Environmental Resource and Energy Committee, said.

“I am pleased that these outstanding projects were approved for funding and look forward to their completion,” Sappey said. “These groups have worked hard to develop plans that address critical environmental and infrastructure needs that benefit the entire community.”

The projects, financed under the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund, were approved today by the Commonwealth Finance Authority. They are as follows:

  • $250,000 for East Whiteland Township for the Sidley Road to Chester Valley Trail Connection Design


  • $244,867 for the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance for the Plum Stream Restoration.


  • $176,682 for Avondale Borough for Stream Stabilization of the East Branch of the White Clay Creek.


  • $65,000 for East Bradford for Plum Run Greenway and Trail Connection Design.

The Marcellus Legacy Fund, established under Act 13 of 2013, allocates funding for the planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation, and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects.

The program is funded by impact fees assessed on every well drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation.