TCRPC Awarded Nearly $1.88 Million for 4-County Clean Water Plan

Part of Effort to Clean Up Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has approved nearly $1.88 million in grant funding to Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) for Countywide Action Plans (CAP) in Dauphin, Perry, Juniata and Mifflin counties.

A CAP is a blueprint for projects, unique to each county, that will clean up water, lower flood risks and improve the quality of life in communities, TCRPC Executive Director Steve Deck explained.

The funding includes $200,000 from DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Community Clean Water Action Plan Coordinator program and nearly $1.56 million from the CAP Implementation Grant program, Deck said.

The latter funding will be used towards the completion of projects in the four counties, including the restoration and stabilization of streams, floodplains and detention basins, as well as conservation landscaping, cover crops, manure storage and other efforts.

The work is part of a 43-county effort to improve water quality in the Susquehanna River Basin and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Deck said.

As part of the CAP planning process, project consultant Herbert, Rowland & Grubic held informational meetings for local environmental groups, municipalities, farmers and other stakeholders to gather feedback on what the CAP should focus on.

To assist with the planning process, TCRPC developed an environmental resource website containing relevant project and planning information, meeting information, meeting summaries and recordings, and a survey. The website is located at

TCRPC's grant is part of the $17.4 million in funding Governor Tom Wolf announced on Dec. 16 for projects in 33 counties across the Chesapeake watershed, highlighting their path-breaking work to improve the health of local streams, rivers, and lakes by reducing nutrient and sediment pollution. Grants support coordination of CAPs, implementation of pollution-reducing best management practices (BMPs), and verification to ensure that BMP projects maintain their pollutant reduction goals.

Pennsylvania’s share of the Chesapeake watershed spans half the state and includes over 12,000 miles of polluted streams and rivers. CAPs are a key component of the state's Chesapeake Bay Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan to improve water quality to benefit Pennsylvanians, while meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements for the bay.

"The 2021 grant funding is geared toward enabling county teams and partners to build on the record progress Pennsylvania is making in the watershed," the Wolf Administration said.

Pictured: The confluence of the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers at Duncannon.