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Halfmoon, Pequea Creek restoration project aims to restore watershed health

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Thursday, October 26, 2023   

Pennsylvania has received more than $3 million in federal funding for watershed restoration projects.

Conservation groups say it will help the state get back on track to meet its Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint goals. The funds are going toward restoration plans for both the Halfmoon and Pequea Creek watersheds.

Harry Campbell, science policy and advocacy director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said the restoration project aims to restore and protect the two streams for the health, well-being and quality of life of watershed residents.

"Therefore, these streams are considered as impaired or not meeting water-quality standards formally," Campbell explained. "As such, these watershed restoration plans were developed to bring those streams back to health and to preserve water quality and those streams that are currently healthy as well, with the support of the community on the way."

Within the Pequea Creek Watershed, the money will support cover crops, no-till agriculture, riparian buffers and more, to help keep soil out of waterways. For Halfmoon Creek, it will go toward reducing sediment, land preservation and restoration, and fostering stewardship of the watershed.

Campbell pointed out the plan involves a large and diverse number of stakeholders, including certain landowners in both watersheds who helped to actually identify opportunities and cultivate support.

"Throughout the next stage in this renewal initiative, we'll be working directly with farmers through our relationships that we have on the ground, and meeting them with our restoration staff," Campbell outlined.

Campbell noted they are in the midst of creating two new additional restoration plans in the Conestoga River Watershed primarily in Lancaster County, and in Berks in Chester, as well as the Marsh Creek watershed in Centre County.

"This will be part of a tool in our toolbox that we call the 'four Ps,'" Campbell emphasized. "Plans in priority, places that focus in on high-impact practices, and leverage the knowledge and expertise and support of partners on the ground."

Campbell added the "four Ps" approach will lead to an ultimately more cost-effective and successful endeavor in the short and long term throughout the watersheds in Pennsylvania.

Disclosure: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation contributes to our fund for reporting on Energy Policy, Rural/Farming, Sustainable Agriculture, and Water. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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