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 in the tabs to the left.

PA State Conservation Commission: Allocates funding to Conservation Districts based on amount of eligible roads and identified pollution sites.

Conservation Districts: County-based entities that administer the Program at the local level. Local public road-owning entities apply to the District for grants to fund individual worksites.

Quality Assurance Board: County-based multidisciplinary advisory board that establishes county-specific policies and ranking criteria, and recommends projects for funding.

Grant Applicants: Public road-owning entities who apply to their Conservation District for grant funding for individual projects.  Most grant applicants are municipalities, although any state or local public road-owning entity is eligible after attending a two day “Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance” training.

Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies: 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.

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.


PA's 17,000+ stream pollution sites on unpaved roads
PA's 17,000+ stream pollution sites on unpaved roads