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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants More than $400,000 to the Brandywine Conservancy
Chadds Ford, October 3, 2021
Tags: Energy and Environment
Originally Posted in My ChesCo.
CHADDS FORD, PA — The Brandywine Conservancy announced it recently received more than $400,000 in grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). As part of NFWF’s Delaware River Restoration Fund (DRRF), made possible by the William Penn Foundation, the Brandywine received $289,845 for projects to improve water quality in the Brandywine-Christina Watershed. An additional $151,723 was also granted through NFWF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund (DWCF) for the removal of Hoffman’s Mill Dam in Chadds Ford, PA.
“NFWF is pleased to award these two grants to support the important work of the Brandywine Conservancy,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. “By working closely with farmers, landowners and local municipalities, the Conservancy will improve water quality and re-connect stream habitat and will create a healthier and more resilient Brandywine-Christina watershed for fish, wildlife and people.”
The funds received through NFWF’s DRRF grant will allow the Brandywine to continue its water quality improvement projects throughout the watershed by implementing agricultural best management practices (BMPs), green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), and innovative new BMPs that integrate biochar for accelerated water quality improvement within the Brandywine Creek, White and Red Clay Creeks, and Plum Run watersheds of Chester County, PA.
“The work Brandywine Conservancy continues to do in Delaware and Pennsylvania to protect our region, improve our water quality, and restore wildlife habitats is imperative,” added U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). “Our environment has seen the dramatic and unfortunate impacts of climate change recently, which is why I was glad to join the Brandywine Conservancy in announcing two grants that will remove the Hoffman’s Dam and support additional investments in our watershed’s working lands. With this federal funding, we are making strides toward sustaining and improving our environment.”