Grants Help Pottstown, Lower Salford Projects

Grant recipient representatives and others (at top) recently gathered in Berks County for the distribution announcement

POTTSTOWN PA – Two grants from the Pottstown-based Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area will benefit projects proposed by the Green Valleys Watershed Association in its Welkenweir Preserve, on the west side of Route 100 South, as well as one by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy for Jacob Reiff Park in Lower Salford Township, the state organization announced Wednesday (Oct. 24, 2018).

At Welkenweir, 1368 Prizer Rd., East Nantmeal Township, which is supervised by Green Valleys, a Greenways grant of $4,000 will assist in the permanent protection and conservation easement of the 22-acre Graham property. The land is located along the Exceptional Value Beaver Run, a tributary of French Creek, and was purchased as open space by Chester County in 2017.

In Lower Salford, the conservancy received a $98,000 Greenways grant to complete stream bank improvements in Reiff Park along the West Branch of the Skippack Creek. The work includes stream bank restoration and riparian buffer plantings.

Greenways gave out a total of $378,671 for nine projects that will improve river water quality. Its Schuylkill River Restoration Fund is comprised of donations from Exelon Corp.’s Limerick Generating Station, the Philadelphia Water Department, Aqua Pennsylvania, and MOM’s Organic Market.

Photo from Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area

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