Good news for several projects in Erie County: hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants was doled out, to help them get underway.
$350,000 dollars was awarded to help facilitate 10 coastal projects in the county.
The money comes from Pennsylvania's Coastal Resources Management Program, and it will help protect and restore our natural resources, as well as providing more ways to enjoy the lakeshore.
Some of the money will go toward reducing pollution, protecting wildlife, and marine forecasting upgrades.
Here's the full list of 2014 recipients:
• Erie County Conservation District - $20,000 to employ a specialist to implement and track coastal non-point pollution management measures
• Erie Times-News in Education - $23,800 for a recurring newspaper in education weekly page focusing on coastal zone environmental issues
• Harborcreek Township - $35,500 to develop a master site plan for the newly acquired Shorewood Park
• National Audubon Society - $50,000 to assess use of the near shore waters and airspace of Lake Erie by birds during migration seasons
• Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - $7,200 to upgrade equipment for the free-to-the-public Lagoons by Pontoons operation in Presque Isle State Park
• Pennsylvania State University, PA Sea Grant - $80,000 to develop an aquatic invasive species rapid response monitoring and surveillance system; build Marine Spatial Planning; and explore the Lake Erie coastal zone boundary and potential interests in expansion
• County of Erie - $74,000 for coordination and technical assistance with Lake Erie Coastal Zone projects