Author Archives: Bob Pennell

DEP announces $17.9 million available for water quality improvement grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that $17.9 million in Growing Greener Plus and Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management grant funds is available to organizations and governments to reduce nonpoint source pollution in their local streams, rivers, and lakes. “Nonpoint source water pollution is a challenge virtually as big as Pennsylvania, but…

Judi Sittler receives PAEE Outstanding Educator Award

Congratulations to Dr. Judi Sittler who recently received the 2022 Outstanding Educator Award from the PA Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE). This award recognizes an educator who has made a significant impact and contribution to the environmental education field in a formal or nonformal setting through innovative or inspiring teaching practices. Judi started her career…

CHP announces 2022 Coldwater Conservation Grants

The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) is pleased to announce that eleven grants totaling $90,000 have been awarded to conservation organizations across Pennsylvania through the Coldwater Heritage Partnership’s Coldwater Conservation Grant Program. These funds will be used to perform stream assessments and develop conservation plans in two watersheds and complete on-the-ground projects, such as…

PATU is now accepting TIC grant applications

PATU is now accepting applications for funding to support new and existing Trout in the Classroom (TIC) programs. Up to $15,000 will be awarded this year. Grants will support existing TIC programs by providing funding for equipment, supplies, and/or field trip support. Those wishing to start a new program can apply to receive a chiller…

PFBC offering R3 grants to promote fishing & boating

​HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 22) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is seeking applicants for grants to support education programs that promote new interest in fishing and boating in Pennsylvania through the recruitment of new participants, retention of existing participants, and reactivation of former participants – collectively known as “R3.” PFBC R3 grants aim…

GIANT offers Healing the Planet Grants for PA waterways

The GIANT Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful are teaming up again this year to offer Healing the Planet Grants to support projects that improve the health and quality of waterways which will help protect water resources and improve the overall health of communities. Keep PA Beautiful will begin accepting applications April 1 from areas served by The GIANT Company stores…

CBF plans to restore brook trout habitat in PA

“Squishy is good!” Brian Gish calls over his shoulder as our boots sink several inches into the spongy ground. Knee-high ferns obscure the forest floor. Here, at the headwaters of Indian Spring Run, rainwater seeps out of the hills east of Lancaster and feeds a clear, cold stream. In Pennsylvania, clear, cold water means one…

CHP 2022 Coldwater Conservation Grants are now open through March 4

Funding will support the development of planning and implementation projects aimed at protecting and enhancing coldwater streams across Pennsylvania. Bellefonte, PA – January 21, 2022 – The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited is pleased to announce that Round 27 of the Coldwater Heritage Partnership’s Coldwater Conservation Grant Program is now open. Trout Unlimited chapters, watershed…

Public comment invited on DEP Water Quality Report

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released for public comment the draft Pennsylvania 2022 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report, the biennial update on the health of streams and lakes statewide.  “The Integrated Water Quality Report is a vital tool for Pennsylvanians to be informed on the health of their streams,…

PFBC is seeking Seasonal Fisheries Biologist Aides

The Fish and Boat Commission’s Lake Habitat and Stream Habitat Sections are seeking qualified candidates to fill three Seasonal Fisheries Biologist Aide Positions based in Bellefonte, Centre County. Individuals in these positions will have a chance to go on the road with Habitat Management staff to complete fish habitat improvement projects all over the Commonwealth and get some great…

PADEP invites comments on stream evaluations for 85 Trout Waters

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the December 11 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a draft stream evaluation report covering 85 streams and stream segments in 31 counties classified by the Fish and Boat Commission as Class A Wild Trout Waters. The counties include  Berks, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Dauphin, Elk, Erie,…

EBTJV now accepting proposals for brook trout habitat projects

Funding for brook trout habitat projects through the National Fish Habitat Partnership is now open to accept applications, with a deadline of January 21, 2022 for uploading application materials to the EBJTV website. Please see our website for the complete RFP announcement. Full project funding guidelines and application materials are available here.  The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture…

DEP awards $4.1 million in local watershed grants for stream restoration work

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded over $4.1 million to 13 projects statewide that will help communities restore impaired local watersheds.  “Healthy watersheds are like the circulatory system of our environment, providing drinking water, sustaining fish and other aquatic life, supporting habitats, and enabling the recreation opportunities that add to our…