Growing Greener Program and 
Act 13 Funding Opportunities

Environmental Education, Restoration, and Environmental Assessments

"Working to Restore Our Environment

Mine Drainage Assessments
Rehabilitation Plans
Feasibility Studies 
Demonstration Projects

Watershed Assessments,
Data Gap Analysis, Study Design,
Environmental Monitoring/ Training

Some of Our Growing Greener Projects

Crescent Lake Watershed Assessment

Lake Carey Watershed Assessment

Paradise Creek Watershed Assessment (Powerpoint Presentations)

Roamingwood Wellhead Delineation and Capture Zone Analysis (2004 - 2005)

Harveys Lake and Watershed Monitoring and Stormwater BMP Evaluation

Private Well Owner Workshops and Testing Programs  (Powerpoint)

Earth Conservancy: Acid Mine Drainage Treatment
Using Constructed Wetlands and Watershed Monitoring

Stormwater BMP Evaluation


The Water Research Center has provided assistance to grass roots organizations as part of the Growing Greener and other grant programs.  In addition, we have helped to prepare grant applications under the Act 13 Program.  The Center is actively seeking community and organization partners and the Center has provided technical assistance in grant preparation, budgeting, project management, lake and watershed study design/implementation, QC/QA Plan Preparation, laboratory and field testing, equipment selection and training, database development, data gap analysis, baseline water testing, and the integration of GPS/GIS into project design.  The Center has also been active in Wellhead and Source Water Protection Projects, Environmental Education and Outreach, and Groundwater Education.  If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Summary and History of Growing Greener Program

Signed into law by the Ridge-Schweiker administration on Dec. 15, 1999, and reauthorized by Gov. Schweiker in June 2002, this legislation will double the funding for the Growing Greener program and extend it through 2012.  This increases DEP's portion of Growing Greener to $547.7 million from the original $240 million.  Growing Greener will slash the backlog of farmland-preservation projects statewide; protect open space; eliminate the maintenance backlog in state parks; clean up abandoned mines and restore watersheds; provide funds for recreational trails and local parks; help communities address land use; and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.

The funds are distributed among four state agencies: the Department of Agriculture to administer farmland preservation projects; the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for state park renovations and improvements; and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority for water and sewer system upgrades.

The total dollar commitment to the Growing Greener Program was recently doubled from $645 million to $1.3 billion and extended through 2012 by a permanent dedication of a new $4/ton municipal waste disposal fee to Growing Greener-- $50 million in FY 2002-03 (the balance going to the General Fund for this one year) and the full $94 million to Growing Greener from FY 2003-04 through 2012.

DEP's portion of Growing Greener has more than doubled to $547.7 million over the newly extended life of the program, from $241.5 million in the original program five-year program. DEP is authorized to allocate these funds in grants for:

  • Watershed restoration and protection;

  • Abandoned mine reclamation; and

  • Abandoned oil and gas well plugging projects.

Growing Greener is the largest single investment of state funds in Pennsylvania's history to address Pennsylvania's critical environmental concerns of the 21st century.

The Growing Greener Program is supported by the following agencies:

a) PADEP: Watershed Protection, Mine Reclamation, Oil and Gas Well Plugging, Technical Assistance, New and Innovative Technology Grants  This application allows you to apply for five types of watershed grants on one easy form: Growing Greener Watershed, Federal 319 Nonpoint Source, Coastal Zone Management,  State Flood Protection and Source Water Protection

Growing Greener Watershed Grant – to address nonpoint source pollution through local, watershed-based planning, restoration and protection efforts.

Federal 319 Nonpoint Source Grant (Nonpoint Source Management Grant for Federal Fiscal Year 2004) – must restore or improve the water quality of bodies of water impaired by one or more nonpoint sources or protect high quality waters. Funds not available until January 1, 2004.

Coastal Zone Management Enhancement Grants Program – encourages program refinements in one or more of the nine coastal zone enhancement areas. An assessment and strategy is completed every five years through an evaluation of the CZM Program to determine gaps to build upon to enhance the effectiveness of the program.

State Flood Protection Grant – reimbursement of up to 65 percent of costs for project improvements and non-routine maintenance of flood protection projects to local governments which sponsor existing state and federal flood protection projects.

Source Water Protection (SWP) Grant – fund the development and start-up of SWP programs to provide wellhead protection and/or watershed protection for surface-water sources.
PADEP - other grant and loan programs.

For More Details about the Growing Greener Program
Or the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund


Field Data Loggers, Field Monitoring, Real Time 
Water Quality Monitoring and Global Positioning Systems

Stream Gauging, Flow Measurement and 
Water Budgets

More Watershed Resources