Saint Vincent College in Westmoreland County Receives Funding for Wetland Restoration Project

Westmoreland County has been highlighted in the recent announcement by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) concerning the allocation of funds to several abandoned mine land restoration projects across the state. Saint Vincent College, nestled in the heart of Westmoreland County, has been granted $507,245 for a significant environmental restoration project.

Revitalizing Monastery Run Wetlands

The grant awarded to Saint Vincent College is earmarked for the improvement of water quality in Wetland #1 and Wetland #2 of the Monastery Run. These passive mine drainage treatment facilities are crucial in mitigating the impacts of historical mining activities in the region. The project aims not only to restore the ecological balance of the wetlands but also to enhance the quality of life for local residents and the biodiversity within these natural habitats.

A Testament to Collaborative Efforts

The DEP’s initiative is a profound testament to the collaborative efforts between federal and state agencies in addressing the long-standing environmental challenges posed by abandoned mine lands. DEP Interim Acting Secretary Jessica Shirley emphasized the importance of these projects, stating, “Reclaiming abandoned mine land is a crucial endeavor, restoring both the environment and communities in our Commonwealth.”

Funding and Project Scope

The funding, which is part of the broader Abandoned Mine Lands and Acid Mine Drainage Grant Program, stems from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Saint Vincent College’s project is part of a comprehensive effort that includes 16 projects focused on reclaiming mine lands and creating treatment facilities to address acid mine drainage, a prevalent issue in areas with historical mining activities.

Looking Forward

The grant recipients, including Saint Vincent College, will be reimbursed for costs up to the limits specified for each project. This strategic financial support ensures that the projects not only commence but also reach successful completion, aligning with the broader goal of revitalizing communities and ecosystems affected by mining operations.