Montgomery County will be receiving $1.4 million to be committed to agricultural conservation projects by December 31, 2024, and spent by December 31, 2026.
Eligible Best Management Practices (BMPs) on farms include Waste Storage, Heavy Use Area Protection, Grassed Waterway, Diversion, Stream Crossing and Cover Crop among others. Practices must be installed to meet NRCS design criteria and contracted construction labor costs are subject to prevailing wage rates. Montgomery County Conservation District will be reimbursing eligible project costs at a 90% rate, with 10% match contribution requirement by the applicant. Applications are now being accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.
Since 2019, Pennsylvania American Water has invested more than $20 million to improve Exeter’s wastewater infrastructure, improving environmental compliance, reliability and expanding the capacity of the system to accommodate heavy rains and growth of the community. With upgrades and new technologies now in place, operations have drastically improved, resulting in significant benefits to the Exeter area, down-river communities, and the environment. An additional $46 million is expected to be invested over the next 5 years for $66 million in total infrastructure enhancements.
Secretary Negrin applauded the Pennsylvania American Water team for their commitment to keeping drinking water safe and ensuring proper treatment of wastewater, recognizing the company’s effort turn the Exeter wastewater treatment plant from a facility with a history of compliance issues to a state-of-the-art facility.
First of 12 sets of data to be released through 2026, this information further builds upon EPA actions to address PFAS in drinking water.