Better Roads, Cleaner Streams PA's Dirt Gravel and Low Volume Roads (DGLVR) Program provides local road-owning entities with grant funding for road and environmental improvements on unpaved and low-volume paved roads. SCC Program Overview The Program received an annual allocation of $4 Million from 1997 through 2013. Starting in 2014, the Program allocation was increased to $28 Million, with a minimum of $8 Million earmarked to paved low volume roads. A brief overview of the Program is provided below, additional history, details and practices can be found at the program’s website http://www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu/pa-program-resources/scc-program-overview. The PA State Conservation Commission allocates funding to Conservation Districts based on amount of eligible roads and identified pollution sites. Pennsylvania’s conservation districts administer and implement the Program at the county level. Conservation districts accept applications for funding from potential applicants, and award grants to local road owning entities based on recommendations from the District Quality Assurance Board. District staff is responsible for working with grant applicants to develop projects, project oversight, financial tracking and reporting, and general administration of the Program at the county level. For information about the program or to talk to our program technician contact John Motz at 570-629-3060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Program Facts • Stresses site-specific, long-term solutions to prevent erosion and pollution, instead of "band-aid" fixes. • Reduces pollution while promoting sustainable unpaved roads. • Minimal administration; limited to 2% at the state level; limited to 10% at the local level. • Emphasis on informed local control and environmental soundness puts decision-making at local level. • Adherence to program values assured through central training, technical assistance, and quality control. • Uses a computerized GIS system used for project tracking and central reporting with minimal paperwork.
The Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies is a non-profit Center at Penn State established to provide education, outreach, and technical assistance to entities involved in the PA Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Program.