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Upper Makefield Township residents value preservation and believe it improves their quality of life. With tax dollars and individual actions, they support preservation of land, water, energy, and even history.
In 2007, Upper Makefield Township created a Riparian Restoration and Preservation Grant Program. The township funded the grant with settlement paid by a developer from land development litigation brought by several residents.
This program gives residents funds to reforest riparian areas, repair stream banks, and to establish riparian area easements. Riparian reforestation and restoration help preserve water quality and reduce flooding.
Riparian buffers are defined as areas within 200 feet from the bank on either side of a stream. Recipients of Riparian Restoration Grants use the funds for:
If your property contains a riparian buffer that needs repair or preservation work, you can apply for the Riparian Restoration and Preservation Grant. You will be asked to provide:
The Township Manager and Township Engineer will review each application and provide comments to the Board of Supervisors, who will decide if the proposal is within the scope of the Riparian Fund.
The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) will then review the application and provide recommendations to the applicant and the Board of Supervisors for the proposed project.
The Board of Supervisors will review the recommendations of the EAC, and if approved by a unanimous vote, the applicant may enter into a Grant Agreement with Township.