Matt Dietz and his busy Open Space Committee spearheaded the following grants at Council's June 15 meeting:
1) $7,000 for the 2000 linear feet Catasauqua Creek Riparian Buffer Restoration Project at Wayne Grube Memorial Park. The remaining $145,200 will come from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Pa DCNR) and other municipalities.
2) $75,000 for the Oughoughton Creek Restoration Project in Lower Mount Bethel Tp. The remaining $225,000 will come from the Wildlands Conservancy, Martins-Jacoby Watershed Ass'n and Pa. Dep't of Environmental Protection. This money will be used to restore 2.6 miles of a creek suffering from severe erosion, loss to agriculture, water quality degradation, severe flooding, downstream sedimentation issues and loss of fish and wildlife.
3) $200,000 to acquire Tekening Trail from Martins Creek LLC in Lower Mount Bethel. The remaining $600,000 will come from Lower Mount Bethel and DCNR. This will be a 4.5 mile trail system.
4) $90,300 for a conservation easement on 59.5 acres owned by Jay Deputy and Jon Walton. The remaining $101,700 comes from Upper Mount Bethel. This is swampland John Cusick and Mat Benol opposed this grant.
5) $285,782.17 for upgrades to Monocacy Park in Bethlehem, including stabilization of a trail from Schoenersville Rd to Illicks's Mill, expansion of trails around the Memorial Pool, signage, benches and landscaping. The remaining $286,000 comes from Bethlehem.