Pennsylvania's Dirt Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program provides funding to eliminate stream pollution caused by runoff and sediment from the State's comprehensive network of unpaved and low volume public roads. The Program was enacted into law in April 1997 as Section 9106 of the PA Vehicle Code, with $5 Million in annual funding for "environmentally sensitive road maintenance" for unpaved roads. The goal of the Program is to create a more environmentally and economically sustainable low volume road network through education, outreach, and project funding.
The Clearfield County Conservation District was one of the first in Pennsylvania to take advantage of this program. Since CCCD began providing funds from this program $2,354,954 has been awarded in grants to municipalities.
Any road owning entity in the county is eligible to apply for funding for publicly accessible roads. In order to apply the applicant must have attended Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) training. A list of these training is available at the right.
It is highly recommended that applicants contact the district prior to applying to discuss potential projects with the Program Specialist. On sight meetings can be scheduled to review the project, and practices used.
Clearfield County's Dirt & Gravel, Low-Volume Road Maintenance Program Priorities: - Impact to water quality - Treat the problems based on the long term effect to water quality - Emphasize the protection of watersheds determined as exceptional value or high quality - Use of environmentally sensitive techniques and products - Commitment of the participants
If you would like to learn more about the program or Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance Techniques please visit the Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads website at http://www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu/.
Carbide-Tipped Grader Blades- CCCD has purchased Carbide-Tipped Grader Blades for use by qualifying municipalities. Please see the documents below or contact the District if you wish to use this resource.