Take Action Now! Conservation Funding in Jeopardy

The state budget proposal prepared by the House is hurtful to conservation districts and our communities.

It could reduce conservation district staff and halt important conservation projects in our communities.

We need your help in contacting our state senators and representatives, and urging them to restore the cuts that the House made to the Conservation District Fund and to the Growing Greener/Environmental Stewardship Fund.

You can get more information about the current budget proposal here.

You can get contact information about Westmoreland County’s state senators and representatives here.

Recent Growing Greener Projects in Westmoreland County

The passive treatment system at Lowber removes pollution from abandoned coal mines and improves water quality in Sewickley Creek.

 

A multi-year effort to help municipalities improve the functioning of older stormwater ponds, including this one in Penn Township. Well-functioning stormwater ponds help reduce the risk of flooding and benefit water quality.

 

New infiltration swales at Shields Farm, Delmont. The finished swale is slightly lower than the surrounding fields so it can capture runoff (blue arrows) from the festival grounds. Shields Farm is the site of the annual fall Apple ‘n Arts Festival.

 

On the Klejka farm in the McGee Run Watershed, some 1,200 feet of fencing was installed along the stream to keep cows out of the water, except at a new limited access crossing area (center of photo), which also was added.

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