LLG is leading the development of a new Center for Water Quality Excellence (CWQE), a PENNVEST funded initiative. The Center is designed to provide guidance on the optimal use of available funding for the implementation of agricultural and urban stormwater best management practices. It addresses a need to "unsilo" the maze of public and private funding and technical assistance programs that prove to be confusing and overwhelming to many in need of their funds -- farmers,municipalities, and landowners with large parcels of property that face more stringent stormwater requirements.
The CWQE will provide free service via 1) a virtual Support Hub, 2) storefront location in Coumbia Borough, Lancaster County, and 3) mobile education center. Specialists or "navigators" will provide one-on-one guidance and help customers make sense of the grant, loan and public partnership programs that support stormwater infrastructure in Pennsylvania.
A pilot program, CWQE will launch in August 2021 focusing its services in Lancaster and York counties.