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ROXBURY – Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell recently joined community leaders at Lurgan Lions Club Park to discuss how Restore Pennsylvania could support stream restoration projects to prevent erosion and protect communities across the commonwealth.  

“The erosion problem the Lions Club is striving to address is shared by communities across Pennsylvania as they see the impacts increasing rainfall can have on quality of life,” McDonnell said.

Restore Pennsylvania addresses statewide green infrastructure needs to prevent flooding and erosion at the stream, floodplain, and watershed levels.

McDonnell said the program “is the only solution for a challenge of this scale.”

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Lurgan Township Supervisor Chip Kolb discussed the popular annual youth fishing derby the Lions Club holds yearly on a section of Conodoguinet Creek and other activities at the facility that are threatened by significant erosion of the creek bank. 

Staff from the Franklin County Conservation District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service outlined their planned project to put in-stream stabilization structures and native vegetation in place to end the erosion.

The project would also contribute to Franklin County’s Clean Water Action Plan to help Pennsylvania reduce sediment and nutrients in its part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 

Franklin County Watershed Map
Franklin County Watershed Map

Restore Pennsylvania proposes a commonsense severance tax that would invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to rebuild Pennsylvania’s infrastructure and increase resources for blighted properties, Internet access, storm preparedness, water quality, and disaster recovery to help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century. 

Learn more about Restore Pennsylvania at governor.pa.gov/restore-pennsylvania

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