following OM&R related material was extracted from PA DEPís
2006 Growing Greener I & II Watershed & Flood Protection Grant
GREENER II FUNDING
The amount of $230 million has been allocated to the
Department as a result of the Growing Greener II (GGII) Bond Initiative for its
existing programs for watershed protection, mine and acid mine drainage
remediation, and plugging of abandoned oil and gas wells. At least $60 million
shall be used for acid mine drainage abatement and mine cleanup efforts.
A new funding source for Growing Greener projects is
available as a result of the Growing Greener II ("GGII") Bond
Initiative. Projects funded under this initiative must meet the following
eligibility and funding restrictions.
GGII Project Eligibility Projects must be for capital
improvement and meet the following two conditions:
- be a physical improvement to land; AND,
- there must be a reasonable
expectation that the project will last for the term of the bond
which is 20-25 years.
Projects that meet the above eligibility criteria
will be considered for this funding source.
Examples include, but are not limited to, projects
that would incorporate the following elements:
- construction of natural stream channel and bank restoration
- construction of stormwater management
- installation of certain agricultural best management practices
- fencing, riparian forested buffers, wetlands
- construction of abandoned mine drainage treatment systems
- construction of mine reclamation projects that will result in
- improvement in water resources
- construction of a mine treatment facility
- plugging of orphan or abandoned oil and gas wells
If design and permitting costs are included as part
of the construction project, they will also be eligible under GGII. Design
and/or permitting costs alone are not eligible.
replacement of existing projects funded through Growing Greener are eligible
for funding under GGII.
Administrative and overhead costs are prohibited.
Salary costs for GGII funds may only be used for activities that lead to the
implementation and construction of the actual project. Costs specifically
excluded are those related to administrative charges, salaries, overhead, etc.
Examples of administrative salaries include, but are not limited to, completion
of progress reports, quarterly reports, final reports, and invoice
In addition to the Growing Greener priorities on
pages 2-6, special focus areas for GGII include:
- Projects that reduce nonpoint source
pollutant loads through implementation of projects associated with a
watershed restoration plan and result in measurable water quality
enhancements in impaired watersheds.
- Projects that reduce mine and acid mine drainage.
- Projects that plug abandoned oil and gas wells.
- Projects designated under the County Environmental Initiative that
mitigate or eliminate geological hazards (including landslides,
avalanches, ground subsidence and coastal and beach erosion).
E. Operation, Maintenance and Replacement
Important Note: Projects that provide for the
replacement or repairs associated with existing GGI eligible projects are
eligible for GGII funding. Operation and routine maintenance costs are NOT
eligible for GGII funds.
The need for long-term operation, maintenance and
replacement (O, M&R) has been recognized as a requirement to ensure the
long-term success of watershed restoration projects. This category is not intended to fund routine
operation and maintenance activities that are the responsibility of the
local sponsor, nor is it intended to replace systems damaged by operator
negligence. The purpose of this funding category is to fund non-routine operation, maintenance and
replacement items needed for existing watershed restoration projects.
This category is not
expected to be used to cover all O, M&R costs, but only those that canít be covered
by project sponsors using local resources.
- lab analysis of water samples collected for monitoring
- sludge or sediment removal from settling ponds,
- major structural repairs to berms damaged by
- replacement of materials being used up in the system (compost,
system reconstruction where the
system is not operating as designed.
Dedicated sponsors, with landowner approval, are
expected to provide much of the operation and routine maintenance needs.
However, when costly maintenance needs, technical upgrades, and system
replacement needs arise, Commonwealth funding may be necessary.
[When applying, you should:]
- Identify on a map the approximate size and
location of the critical areas to be treated. Include photographs if
- Describe how the measures to be implemented will
have a significant impact on restoring or protecting habitat or water
quality. (Refer to the TMDL for the watershed, if one exists.)
- Quantify environmental results/benefits that can
be expected as a result of project implementation (i.e., measures
implemented, pollutant reduction, improvement in
biological or physical parameters).
- Describe contractor involvement, contracting
procedures, construction inspection provisions and whether competitive
bidding will be used.
- Indicate project schedule, tasks and timelines.
Be sure to include your progress in obtaining necessary permits and
- For projects involving planting, we favor
projects that use species native to the region. List species you will use,
if known. Make sure to provide adequate maintenance (even through
difficult growing conditions, like drought).
- For projects proposing treatment of a specific
pollution source (such as abandoned mine drainage), include water quality
data if available and cite the source of the data.
- Letters of support from the municipality or
county demonstrating that you coordinated your project with the municipal
entities to determine consistency with local land use planning.
- Identify the funding source of the original
construction project that resulted in the system needing O, M&R funds.
- Describe what routine measures have been done
prior to this application for the efficient operation of the facility to
preclude the need for more expensive replacements.
- Describe who is currently responsible for
various O, M&R tasks at the site and whether or not an O, M&R plan
exists (if so, please submit a copy; if not, one will be required as a
deliverable at the completion of the project).
- What will be the impacts to the watershed should
this system fail to provide effective treatment?