Growing Greener funds to benefit Clarion River

From staff reports

A $93,000 state grant will help ensure the quality of the Clarion River and nearby Clarion County Park, according to a news release from the office of state Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-63rd District.

The grant, which was awarded to the Clarion County Conservation District, is part of the state’s Growing Greener program within the Department of Environmental Protection.

The grant seeks to rehabilitate an abandoned passive mine discharge treatment system, according to the release. The improved system will treat up to 40 gallons of mine water per minute.

The water, which has low pH levels and high levels of heavy metal pollution, flows into the Clarion River, the release said. The project will be adjacent to Clarion County Park.

The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives funding from landfill tipping fees, Marcellus Shale impact fees and royalties from drilling on state-owned land.