Eligible projects include improvements to state parks and forests, local parks and riverfronts.
Advocates are hoping lawmakers will use federal money to fund a few Republican-backed proposals when they return this fall.
The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding 2020 Environmental Stewardship Fund grants to Adams, Bedford, Centre, Cumberland, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties.
EPA says Pennsylvania has the largest commitment to reduce nitrogen among bay states.
The Environmental Integrity Project’s analysis estimates that about 1 million more pounds of nitrogen pollution are entering the Chesapeake Bay each year from the poultry industry than state and federal cleanup programs estimate.
With oyster populations low, a recovery effort focuses on cultivating baby oysters in the shells that once might have been on your dinner plate.