PHILADELPHIA, JULY 22, 2009 — State Sen. Anthony H. Williams today announced that PA Greenways has received significant state funding for a project to reduce local storm water runoff.

The Cobbs Creek, West Philadelphia Storm Water Mitigation Project received $174,698 to remove non-native and invasive plants and plant 400 trees in order to reduce storm water runoff into Indian Creek, which is a tributary to Cobb’s Creek in West Philadelphia.

“Storm water often washes trash, silt and other pollutants into our creeks, which harms plant life and the living creatures that live in and near Indian Creek and Cobbs Creek,” Williams said. “This project will not only reduce pollution in our waterways, it will also add beneficial trees to our community, so I’m glad to see that this state funding will improve our local environment.”

The loan was approved by the board of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).