HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) and Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland) are pleased to see the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) award a $40,000 grant to the Somerset Lake Fish Habitat Improvement Project.
The funding, which comes from the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) grant, will provide additional wood and rock type fish habitat for the future fishery at Somerset Lake. The lake was drained during a dam rehabilitation project but is now being refilled.
This project will fulfill phase two of ongoing habitat improvement efforts that began when the lake was drawn down. Additional funding for this project was provided by the Somerset Lake Action Committee.
“It’s important that we do everything possible to protect and enhance wildlife habitats at Somerset Lake to attract outdoor enthusiasts to this great lake,” said Metzgar. “I am thankful to see this project receive crucial funding so anglers can take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.”
“Because of this grant, Somerset Lake is closer to becoming a destination for anglers as large-scale fish habitat improvements continue. The money will also contribute to making the waterway healthier so people can enjoy the lake for years to come,” Stefano said.
Through the NFHP, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners award federal funding that is leveraged with additional partnership project funding from other sources to boost locally led habitat enhancement projects. These projects can include streambank restoration, removal of barriers to fish passage and efforts to identify conservation needs for fish and their habitats.
Representative Carl Walker?Metzgar
Pennsylvania House of Representatives?
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