Coldwater Heritage Partnerships Grants
The purpose of the Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) is to provide leadership, coordination, technical assistance, and funding support for the evaluation, conservation and protection of Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams.
Goals of the CHP are to:
- Foster a greater public understanding of watershed characteristics and how they affect coldwater ecosystems;
- Identify special areas of concern, such as areas with exceptional water quality and high potential for impacts; and,
- Provide technical assistance and financial opportunities to organizations dedicated to protecting our coldwater ecosystems.
In addition to providing guidance and technical assistance, the CHP administers a grant program to develop Coldwater Conservation Plans for the purpose of protecting and enhancing Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams. Coldwater Conservation Plans are useful in building local awareness and support for the long-term stewardship of coldwater streams and their surrounding watersheds. These plans identify potential threats, impacts and opportunities; and provide recommendations and conservation strategies for future protection. The CHP program also provides grants to implement the recommendations and strategies from completed Coldwater Conservation Plans. The Coldwater Heritage Partnership awards grants of up to $7,000 annually to non-profit organizations such as watershed groups, conservation districts, municipalities and local chapters of Trout Unlimited.
The CHP is composed of the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU), the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.
Please visit the Coldwater Heritage Partnership web site for additional information.