We’re Celebrating 15 Years of Schuylkill River Watershed Restoration!

The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area, Schuylkill Action Network, Exelon Generation, Delaware River Basin Commission, Philadelphia Water Department and Aqua Pennsylvania will hold a virtual press event on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 to announce recipients of the 2020 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grant. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE VIRTUAL EVENT

“As a significant provider of clean energy in our area, we at Limerick Generating Station are committed to the betterment of our community and surrounding environment. We are proud to partner with Schuylkill River Greenways as we all strive towards strengthening the natural beauty and health of our local ecosystem.” — Frank Surniolo, Limerick Generating Station Site Vice President

2020 Grant Announcement & Project Showcase

A total of $307,695 will be awarded to nine projects in four Pennsylvania counties that will improve water quality in the Schuylkill River, a source of drinking water for almost 2 million people. The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund is celebrating 15 years. For the past 15 years, through the generous contributions of our program funders, the leadership of the Advisory Committee and the hard work of our applicants and partners, the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund has supported over 120 projects for the conservation and preservation of the Schuylkill River.

This year’s online event will include presentations by key partners, as well as several premier project videos with question and answer sessions. The video showcases will be of projects in the Schuylkill River Watershed ranging from stormwater projects along the Schuylkill River Trail, to a stream restoration in the Tulpehocken Creek, to coal silt remediation in the headwaters of Schuylkill County.

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The Restoration Fund is an annual grant program that begins each year in January with funding typically being awarded in May or June. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Schuylkill River Greenways to discuss potential projects and determine eligibility.  The 2021 Restoration Fund Grant Round will open in January.

The fund was created in 2006 through a unique public/private partnership between Exelon Nuclear, the Delaware River Basin Commission and the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area.

This year, grants will be awarded to projects located in Philadelphia, Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties. These include six awards that address stormwater runoff, abandoned mine drainage and agricultural pollutants. In addition, three land transaction assistance grants will help preserve critical open space.

Since being established in 2006, the fund has distributed more than $4.4 million–and leveraged another $5 million–for more than 120 projects that protect and restore the Schuylkill River.

The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund is funded through public/private partnerships and relies on donations from numerous organizations and individuals. Click here to donate to the fund.

How It's Funded

The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund is the result of a unique public/private partnership. Funders include: Exelon Generation's Limerick Generating Station, the Philadelphia Water Department, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, MOMs Organic Market, Aqua PA and DTE Energy. A number of partners oversee the fund and its projects. The grants are administered by the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area, which is managed by the non-profit Schuylkill River Greenway Association. All grant recipients are carefully selected by an advisory committee consisting of:

  • Exelon Generation
  • Delaware River Basin Commission
  • Philadelphia Water Department
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
  • Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area
  • Schuylkill Action Network
What are Land Transaction Assistance Grants?

The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund offers matching grants of up to $4,000 per project to assist with transaction costs for permanent land protection projects (conservation easements, full fee acquisitions, donations) within the Schuylkill River watershed. These grants are intended to facilitate the protection of high priority lands for water quality and habitat protection. See grant guidelines above for more details.

Project Statistics
  • $4.4 million of awards since 2006
  • More than 120 projects funded.  81 completed to date
  • 7 abandoned mine drainage projects completed
  • Agricultural improvements on over 25 Berks County farms
  • 12 stormwater basins retrofitted