Governor Wolf Announces More Than 350 New Projects to Improve Water Infrastructure, Promote Community Development, and Protect the Environment

September 18, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf today announced 359 new project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA): 236 Small Water and Sewer Program projects to protect and improve municipalities’ water systems, and 123 projects using funds collected from the impact fee on unconventional gas wells in the Marcellus Shale which will support public services and environmental protection projects.

“These projects will ensure that vital services are being provided to communities all across the commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “From ensuring Pennsylvanians have access to clean water, to protecting communities from the devastating effects of flooding, to simply giving residents the chance to hike a new trail in their community, these projects will improve the quality of life for countless families and individuals across the commonwealth.”

The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program provides grants to assist municipalities with the construction, improvement, expansion, or repair of their water supplies or sanitary sewer systems. The small water and sewer projects approved today range from the construction of a new pump station to ensure reliable-long term public drinking water and fire protection in Houtzdale, Clearfield County; the replacement of vitrified clay sewer pipe with new PVC pipe that can meet system demand during storm events in Mt. Jewett, McKean County; the replacement of old and leaky fire hydrants that contribute to contaminated water in Boswell, Somerset County; and the construction of a new 150,000-gallon welded steel water storage tank in Valley View, Schuylkill County. Other projects include improvements and replacements of water mains, water treatment plants, sewer systems, and water line extensions in hundreds of municipalities in 49 counties across the commonwealth. The total funding amount is just under $50 million.

A complete list of Small Water and Sewer projects approved at today’s CFA meeting can be found here highlighted in yellow.

The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities, and commonwealth agencies. The act stipulates that a portion of the fee revenue will be transferred to the CFA for statewide initiatives that will include abandoned mine drainage abatement, abandoned well plugging, sewage treatment, greenways, trails and recreation, baseline water quality data, watershed restoration, and flood control.

The 123 Act 13 projects approved today are located in 38 counties. The total funding amount is $16.2 million.

The projects are designated for specific initiatives as follows:

  • Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement: One project approved, $500,000 total
  • Flood Mitigation: 12 projects approved; $2,886,069 total
  • Greenways, Trails and Recreation: 90 projects approved; $10,586,673 total
  • Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging: One project approved; $20,624 total
  • Sewage Facilities: Four projects approved; $231,328 total
  • Watershed Restoration and Protection: 15 projects approved; $1,993,662 total

A complete list of Act 13 projects approved at today’s CFA meeting can be found here highlighted in yellow.

More information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. To stay up-to-date on all Pennsylvania economic development news, follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to sign up for the department’s monthly e-newsletter.

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