Pipeline operators often work with state or federal permitting agencies to offset construction impacts by partnering with local environmental organizations. Through these coordinated efforts, local environmental organizations often receive financial support to fund projects and programs. These partnerships provide a unique opportunity for conservation organizations to secure the resources that are needed to complete important environmental initiatives.
For example, in 2015 Williams coordinated with the Donegal Chapter of Trout Unlimited (DTU) on a compensatory mitigation project in Conowingo Creek Watershed in Lancaster County, PA to restore and create wetlands and streams, and create a forested riparian buffer. The project, known as the Lloyd Farm Conversation Project, provided Williams with a mitigation opportunity to offset impacts of the Rock Springs Expansion, which was constructed late last year in Lancaster County and Cecil County, MD.
The Lloyd Farm Conservation Project is a $345,685 environmental improvement effort made possible through Williams’ mitigation funding combined with the DTU’s 319 Grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
According to DTU President James Wellendorf, the restoration work at Lloyd Farm was the first DTU had utilized mitigation funding to tackle a significant water conservation project.
“This project has broken new ground for our chapter. Throughout the entire process all parties – Williams, Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited, Trout Unlimited and Donegal Trout Unlimited – have worked together in the spirit of cooperation and doing what is right for the environment.” – James Wallendorf, DTU President
Development of the wetlands, riparian buffers, and stream restoration of Lloyd Farm Conservation Project is scheduled for completion in summer of 2016 and will be monitored by DTU and Williams during the next several years.