Lower Merion, PA – January 5, 2024 – Senator Amanda M. Cappelletti (D- Montgomery/Delaware) and Representative Tim Briggs (D- Montgomery) today announced $217,600 awarded to Harriton Preserve for the Stream and Parkland Restoration project in Lower Merion. This grant, which was awarded through Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener Plus Grants Program, will also aid the Harriton Preserve in their education and outreach initiatives.

Growing Greener remains the largest single investment of state funds in Pennsylvania’s history to address Pennsylvania’s environmental protection and restoration needs.

“The Growing Greener Program is a critical source of funding to address climate concerns across the Commonwealth,” said Senator Cappelletti. “I’m proud that this funding has been awarded to one of District Seventeen’s beautiful natural resources that benefits the whole community. When we invest in protecting and maintaining our outdoor spaces, our return benefits the health and wellbeing of many generations to come.” 

The program has helped to slash the backlog of farmland-preservation projects statewide; protect open space; eliminate the maintenance backlog in state parks; clean up abandoned mines and restore watersheds; provide funds for recreational trails and local parks; help communities address land use; and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.

“I’m proud to support the Growing Greener Program and its investment in the Preserve at Harriton’s restoration signifies a commitment to safeguarding natural havens for passive recreation,” said Representative Briggs. “This grant fuels not just revitalization, but the longevity of our community’s ecological legacy, setting a strong precedent for responsible open space management.”

Read more about the Growing Greener grant program and see other recent awards here.