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The state recently awarded more than $1 million to Hanover Borough and the York County Conservation District for stream-improvement projects allowing for reduced stormwater runoff pollution, improved stream banks and more.

The Wolf administration announced the grants, which came from the Growing Greener grant program, in a Wednesday, Dec. 19, news release.

The grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees. The grants are commonly used to preserve farmland, clean up abandoned mines and protect and restore watersheds statewide.

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Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell said the projects will reduce sediment and other pollution in waterways to "allow them to thrive again."

“Controlling and reducing stormwater runoff and restoring and replanting stream banks  can lead to dramatic positive results for water quality,” McDonnell said.

Hanover will receive a $562,000 grant to develop a stormwater management plan for  the Hanover School District that will entail soil restoration and the installation of a meadow full of native plants, the release states.

The plan will eliminate an estimated  4,000 tons of sediment runoff and more than 50 pounds of combined nitrogen and phosphorous pollution annually, officials say.

The County Conservation District is receiving $509,000 to restore 1,000 feet of the west branch of the Codorus Creek, specifically to plant native grasses, shrubs and trees along the creek, the release states.

It's estimated the project will reduce sediment runoff pollution by roughly 116 tons and nitrogen pollution by 312 points each year. Phosphorus pollution also is estimated to reduce by 210 pounds annually.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.

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