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55 Gosai Drive
Suite 112
Bentleyville PA 15314
Local: 724-669-2242, 
          724-669-2290,
          724-669-2293
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B-15 Main Capitol
PO Box 202049
Harrisburg PA 17120-2049
(717) 783-8655
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Cook Confirms $575,000 in Safe Water and Sewer Grants for 49th Legislative District
9/20/2018
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Cook Confirms $575,000 in Safe Water and Sewer Grants for 49th Legislative District



Earlier this week, I had the privilege of announcing that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has awarded approximately $575,837 in Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program grants to five communities in the 49th Legislative District.

Properly maintained municipal sewer and water systems are critical to our region’s overall health and quality of life. I applaud each of these grant recipients for coming up with a solid plan to bring these facilities into proper compliance by maximizing available dollars for the benefit of residents and ratepayers.

District 49 municipalities and water authorities receiving these grants are as follows:
  • California Borough – $70,837 – California Borough plans to install eight sewer lines and five manholes to provide sewer access to three homes located on Highland Drive. Additionally, this $83,338 project will eliminate sewage seeping into the ground, along the rock ledge, and discharging into the yard at the bottom of the hill, which could potentially cause health issues.

  • Carroll Township Authority – $250,000 – Carroll Township Authority is under a corrective action plan to reduce sewer system overflows and is planning to upgrade the antiquated Grandview pump station. This $297,000 rehabilitation project will include the replacement of valves and pumps, and the installation of variable frequency drives, chambered flow meters and a bypass chamber.

  • Jefferson Township Water Authority – $42,500 – Jefferson Township Water Authority plans to install a waterline across the bridge over Redstone Creek. The water authority does not produce any water and the failure to replace this water line has prohibited access to outside water sources. This $50,000 project will connect existing lines allowing the authority to access water for purchase from the North Fayette County Municipal Authority.

  • Mid Mon Valley Pollution Control Authority – $212,500 – Mid Mon Valley Pollution Control Authority plans to complete pump station improvements in the boroughs of Roscoe and Stockdale. This $250,000 project will consist of the installation of three grinder pumps at station numbers 2, 3 and 4, thereby reducing downtime and the potential for basement flooding, sanitary sewer backups and manhole overflows. The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.
The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. 

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Financial Assistance Now Available to Help PA Dairy Farmers

Attention dairy farmers! A $5 million grant program approved as part of the 2018-19 state budget, which I proudly voted to support, is now accepting applications through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established under Act 42 of 2018 to help dairy farmers overcome falling milk prices and other market challenges. The grants may be used for researching new technologies, products and best practices; marketing to new domestic and international markets; exploring new business opportunities to diversify their operation and revenue streams; transitioning to organic production methods; and incorporating or expanding value-added dairy production, such as cheese and yogurt products.

For more information about how to apply, click here

Pennsylvania dairy farming supports 52,000 jobs and contributes $14.7 billion to the state’s economy. 
 
 
Mon Valley Moment: Farming to Fight Hunger

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There are always exciting efforts going on throughout our region. One such effort is “The Farm” at the Greater Washington County Food Bank located on Route 40! What an outstanding job the staff and volunteers perform for our communities!

In my latest expanded edition of the Mon Valley Moment, we thought it would be nice to take a tour of the Farm and share some of the GREAT plans that are being pursued in the fight against hunger! 
 
 
Farm Conservation Tax Credits Available

To help farmers implement best management practices (BMPs) to prevent water pollution or purchase conservation equipment, $10 million in tax credits is available through the 2018-19 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program.

REAP is designed for agricultural producers who install BMPs or make equipment purchases that reduce nutrient and sediment runoff, which improves Pennsylvania’s streams and watersheds. The program is administered by Pennsylvania’s State Conservation Commission.

Farmers may receive tax credits of up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50 percent to 75 percent of a project’s cost. The most common projects approved are for no-till planting and precision ag equipment, waste storage facilities, conservation plans, Nutrient Management Plans, and protecting animal heavy-use areas like barnyards.

Cover crops and riparian stream buffers are also common REAP-eligible practices. REAP can be used in conjunction with other funding sources such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) or the Chesapeake Bay Program to help install BMPs.

For projects that include the proposed purchase of equipment, the equipment must be delivered by June 30, 2019. For projects involving the implementation of structural BMPs, all BMPs and BMP components must be completed by June 30, 2020, to be eligible.

REAP applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, click here.  
 
 
New Website Offers Latest on Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly (SLF), a pest native to China and Vietnam, was first discovered in Berks County in 2014 and presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Products specifically at risk include grapes, tree-fruit, hardwoods and nursery items.

The pest has since spread to 13 counties – Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill – which are now considered to be part of a quarantine area.

While little is known about the insect's behavior and biology, researchers at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working to gather scientific data on how to contain and manage this pest. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) and USDA are working to implement containment and control efforts.

Penn State Extension has compiled a comprehensive website with a lot of resources, including a checklist for homeowners in the quarantine area, tips for handling yard waste, ways to report and dispose of the insect, notices of public meetings, along with signs and symptoms, what’s at risk, where it’s found, and how the state is managing response to the insect. You can also sign up to receive the latest news, updates and alerts.

To access the website, click here.  
 
 
Are You Prepared?

With remnants of Tropical Depression Florence hitting much of Pennsylvania this week, state and national officials remind residents that September is National Preparedness month, an opportunity to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.

As part of the awareness month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents to make and practice a preparedness plan, learn life-saving skills, check your insurance coverage and save for an emergency.

Residents should adapt their plans for all types of emergencies and disasters – residential fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, snowstorms, earthquakes, natural gas leaks and other events involving evacuations.

Tips and checklists are available online here.  
 
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