Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has announced
that approximately $3.6 million is available to develop and implement projects that benefit fishing, boating,
and aquatic resources in Cameron, Elk, Potter and McKean counties, with primary emphasis on projects within the Sinnemahoning
Creek Watershed upstream from the confluence of the First Fork of Sinnemahoning Creek.
Applications must be postmarked
no later than Feb. 14, 2009. Grants will be awarded by summer 2009. Projects that
will be considered for funding include, for example, acid mine drainage abatement; habitat protection,
enhancement and restoration; and the acquisition of properties for public fishing and access.
This funding is available
through a 2007 settlement agreement with Norfolk Southern as restitution for environmental damages from
a June 30, 2006, train derailment in rural Norwich Township, McKean County. The accident spilled sodium
hydroxide into Big Fill Run, Sinnemahoning-Portage Creek and the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek. Under
the settlement, Norfolk Southern agreed to pay the Commonwealth $7.35 million as restitution for environmental damages.
The PFBC received $3.675 million of the settlement and must use the funds to develop and implement projects that benefit
fishing, boating and aquatic resources in Cameron, Elk, McKean or Potter counties.
For more information
about applying for this grant program, contact the PFBC at 814-359-5124 or download
an application from
web site at www.fish.state.pa.us/grants.htm.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect,
conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic
resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating
in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.