ClearWater Conservancy Awarded Grant to Conserve Windy Hill Farm
STATE COLLEGE, Pa, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 – ClearWater Conservancy has been awarded a $133,672 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) under its Watershed and Restoration Program and Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program—one of just 151 projects approved state-wide for 2019. The grant funding will help to permanently conserve the 28.85 acre Windy Hill Farm owned by the Pasquinelli family.
“ClearWater’s perpetual conservation easement on the Pasquinelli Property will ensure Windy Hill Farm is conserved forever. The Pasquinellis will continue to live on and farm their property. Much like the work we did on the Everhart and Meyer properties in 2017 as part of the Slab Cabin Run Initiative, this investment in conservation protects our community drinking water, improves the health of Slab Cabin Run and preserves the appealing agricultural character of our region.” –Deb Nardone, Executive Director, ClearWater Conservancy.
This easement acquisition is a continuation of the Slab Cabin Run Initiative–an effort that began by raising $2.75 million to permanently conserve the 300 acres of farmland and streams along Slab Cabin Run. The land lies in a vital portion of the Spring Creek Watershed, within the Source Water Protection Area for the Harter-Thomas wells which supply the majority of the drinking water to Centre Region residents.
ClearWater Conservancy is a 501(c)(3), Central Pennsylvania based land trust and environmental conservation organization formed in 1980. Over the past 39 years, ClearWater has become a leading organization in promoting conservation through the connection, protection, restoration, and stewardship of central Pennsylvania’s natural resources. For additional information on ClearWater Conservancy visit: clearwaterconservancy.org.