The following projects and programs will be funded through the FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, signed by the President on Wednesday. Most of this congressionally directed funding was secured individually or jointly by U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), Sen. Arlen Specter and Sen. Robert Casey, unless otherwise noted.

Flood Mitigation

Recipient: Army Corps of Engineers

Project: The funding will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to provide local communities planning tools that could help reduce damages from future flooding in southeastern Pennsylvania. Devastating flooding in 2004, 2005 and 2006 caused tremendous damages in the region. Providing flood mapping, flood warning, and other non-structural measures could help to reduce future damages and even help save lives.

Amount: $300,000

Sponsor(s): Specter, Casey and Dent

Recipient: Army Corps of Engineers

Project: The funding will provide for an interim feasibility study by the Army Corps of Engineers with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) that will be used to develop a flood analysis model and watershed flood management plan and evaluate and enhance the Delaware River Basin’s existing flood warning system.

Amount: $5,000

Sponsor(s): Brady, Castle, Hall, Hinchey, Holt, Lautenberg, Specter, Menendez, Schumer and Dent.

Recipient: Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC)

Project: The project will continue funding of the Delaware River Enhanced Flood Warning System, to assist DRBC in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) /National Weather Service (NWS), United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with the enhancement of the basin's flood warning system. This enhancement will include the evaluation and improvement of existing precipitation and stream gage networks, development of additional NOAA flood forecast points in both non-tidal and tidal stream reaches, and merger of GIS and Doppler radar technology to improve flash flood warning capabilities for smaller watersheds.

Amount: $235,000

Sponsor(s): Hinchey, Gerlach, Holt, Castle and Dent

Recipient: Mid-Atlantic River Commissions/DRBC

Project: The funding will fulfill the federal obligation established in the Delaware River Basin Compact (P.L. 87-328, Article 13, Section 13.3c). Activities to be funded include water quality protection, water supply allocation, flood loss reduction, drought management, watershed planning, permitting, and water conservation.

Amount: $2,365,000 total, $715,000 for DRBC

Sponsor(s): Brady, Castle, Gerlach, Gilchrest, Hall, Hinchey, Holden, Holt, Hoyer, Moran, Schwartz, Mikulski, Specter, Biden, Carper, Cardin, Lautenberg, Schumer, Casey and Dent.

Recipient: Nurture Nature Foundation

Project: The funding will support a flood awareness and emergency preparedness education campaign for citizens of flood-prone areas. The campaign will be initiated in the recently flooded regions along the Delaware River, in the four basin states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York, but the materials will be applicable nationwide.

Amount: $250,000

Sponsor(s): Dent

Supporting Local Law Enforcement

Recipient: Allentown Police Department (will administer the funding on behalf of 53 local law enforcement agencies)

Project: The Lehigh Valley Regional Crime Center Technology Infrastructure project will enhance the effectiveness of a bi-county Regional Crime Center by making necessary improvements to the facility's technology infrastructure. This will enable the development of a comprehensive database that integrates information from 53 local law enforcement agencies, and provides officers with new, critical analysis capabilities. Providing local law enforcement agencies the ability to share and search information will dramatically improve efforts to fight crime throughout the region.

Amount: $500,000

Sponsor(s): Dent

Fighting Gang Activity

Recipient: Allentown School District

Project: For the past three years the Allentown School District has seen an increase in the amount of critical incidents involving violent behavior. Recently, national gangs have penetrated the region and brought with them a more organized and better supported system to augment local gang activity. This has increased the number of adjudicated youth in the area, and has increased the severity and number of disciplinary issues in Allentown's schools. This Gang and Youth Violence Security Initiative will enhance security training and equipment to provide for a safer Allentown School District. The additional security measures will help the district get a better handle on gang activities occurring in and around its schools.

Amount: $750,000

Sponsor(s): Dent

Recipient: City of Allentown and ALERT Partnership

Project: The funding will be used to enhance and sustain model programs developed through the Allentown Anti-Gang Task Force. This task force was created through the Route 222 Corridor Anti-Gang Initiative, which was funded in 2007 by a Department of Justice grant. The project will allow the task force to slow the recruitment of youth into the gang lifestyle and develop multi-faceted strategies for early intervention to remove young people and teens from gangs. Additionally, the project will strengthen partnerships between local grassroots and faith-based groups working to combat crime and violence.

Amount: $200,000

Sponsor(s): Casey and Dent

Advancing Alternative and Renewable Energy

Recipient: Air Products & Chemicals

Project: The funding will support the development of ITM Oxygen technology for industrial-scale oxygen production and ITM Syngas technology for production of synthesis gas (hydrogen and carbon monoxide) from natural gas. The development of ITM Reaction-Driven ceramic membrane systems will synergistically utilize the technology developed in both the ITM Oxygen and ITM Syngas projects. ITM Reaction-Driven membranes can be integrated into a state-of-the-art gasification system to produce synthesis gas to generate advanced electric power, hydrogen, or other clean fuels. This versatile technology can be applied in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner to a broad list of energy sources, including coal, natural gas, liquid hydrocarbons, biomaterials, and waste materials.

Amount: $951,500

Sponsor(s): Specter and Dent

Recipient: Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Project: The funding will support clean/alternative energy technology development and commercialization activities to encourage the development and growth of energy-related technologies and companies in Pennsylvania. This Clean Technology Commercialization Initiative will enable the Commonwealth to strategically invest in one of its most competitive sectors, leverage additional public and private investment, create high-wage jobs and help enable sound environmental practices.

Amount: $951,500

Members Credited: Specter, Casey and Dent

Recipient: Dynalene

Project: The funding will provide for the development and optimization of methods to scale-up production of a new patented fuel cell coolant. This technology uses a base liquid mixture and an additive package. The base mixture is designed to have a freezing point below -40 °C, thermo-physical properties similar to the current automotive antifreeze, and possesses no flash point. The additive package in the coolant has been designed to maintain very low electrical conductivity, a critical requirement for cooling fuel cells. No other coolant available today can do this job by itself.

Amount: $351,104

Sponsor(s): Dent

Recipient: East Penn Manufacturing

Project: The funding will provide for the design, testing, and fabrication of new advanced lead acid battery energy storage technology that could be used to balance the fluctuating generation of electricity in current wind and solar power systems. This technology would produce larger, safer, cleaner, and more affordable energy storage options than are currently available. The Advanced Power Batteries for Renewable Energy Applications project, conducted with Sandia National Laboratories and the Bonneville Power Administration, will lead to a new advanced lead acid battery that will serve as a longer lasting, cleaner, more affordable, American-made solution to the load leveling challenge plaguing several renewable energy systems.

Amount: $351,104

Sponsor(s): Holden and Dent

Recipient: Lehigh Valley Hospital

Project: The funding will enable the installation of 300 kW of photovoltaic (solar) panels on the roofs of multiple buildings at the Lehigh Valley Hospital campus in the City of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg campus in the City of Bethlehem. These photovoltaic panels will produce a percentage of the total electricity required for the operation of the hospital buildings.

Amount: $951,500

Sponsor(s): Dent

Improvements to our Infrastructure

Recipient: Borough of Bath

Project: The funding will provide for realignment and intersection improvements on PA Route 248 in the Borough of Bath. This project will better align existing streets in the Borough with PA Route 248 and PA Route 512, which have become major thoroughfares for the area's growing population. These improvements will help alleviate congestion and enhance safety on increasingly critical roads.

Amount: $570,000

Sponsor(s): Dent

Recipient: LANTA

Project: This funding will support the purchase of five heavy-duty transit buses, which will improve and expand public transportation services throughout the Lehigh Valley region. The Authority’s existing fleet of 78 buses must be expanded to continue LANTA’s successful development efforts, which has recently seen a 65 percent increase in transit usage.

Amount: $475,000

Sponsor(s): Specter and Dent

Recipient: Lower Milford Township

Project: The funding will assist with the construction and installation of a municipal sewage treatment plant in Lower Milford Township. The plant will provide critically needed infrastructure to reach compliance with the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act and the Clean Streams Law. Due to the need for public sewage within the village, no additional businesses have located in Limeport and no expansion of the existing businesses can occur. With the construction of a municipal sewer plant, the village of Limeport can experience economic growth by attracting new and expanded businesses, tourism and the addition of jobs within the community.

Amount: $200,000

Sponsor(s): Specter and Dent

Recipient: Salford Township

Project: The funding for the Tylersport Sewer Improvement project will support the implementation of a public sewer system in the Tylersport area. Tylersport Village, located in Salford Township, currently has a significantly high percentage rate of failing on-lot septic systems. This funding will allow approximately 108 village homes to be connected to a public sewer system that is being built to accommodate a new development of 190 homes in close proximity to the village.

Amount: $350,000

Sponsor(s): Dent

Improving Healthcare Services

Recipient: Cedar Crest College

Project: The funding will be used to develop and implement a community-based, direct-care fall prevention program to reduce the risk of falling among the elderly population and prolong the time in which program participants are able to reside in independent living, senior-housing facilities in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Funding will be used to redesign a bachelor’s-level nursing gerontology course, including simulation technology; to fully integrate a gerontological thread across the new Master of Science in Nursing program; to pay for salaries and faculty release-time needed to establish the program; and to provide portable equipment needed to assess and educate senior-citizen participants in their homes.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Dent

Title: Miller-Keystone Blood Center

Project: The funding will support renovations of the Miller-Keystone Blood Center’s main laboratory and collection facility. The Miller-Keystone Blood Center is the only supplier of blood products to the hospitals in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, Southern Luzerne, Upper Bucks and Upper Montgomery (PA), and Warren (NJ) counties. Donated blood is tested for safety and efficacy and processed into blood products for patient care at the laboratory prior to being transported to 17 local hospitals and other health care providers.

Amount: $86,000

Sponsor(s): Dent

Recipient: Sacred Heart Hospital

Project: The funding will be used to purchase operating room equipment essential for treatment and service of Sacred Heart Hospital's patients. Specifically, funding will be used to purchase an eye microscope for cataract surgeries, a micro drill for orthopedic cases, an ECT monitor for treatment of clinical depression, two electric operating room beds, and a Glidescope for anesthesia for intubations on children and older adults.

Amount: $219,000

Sponsor(s): Specter, Casey and Dent

Recipient: St. Luke’s Hospital

Project: The funding will be used to purchase Skyboom Technology for a new technologically advanced Operating Suite that is part of a $75 million hospital expansion project in the City of Allentown. The Operating Suite is part of an expansion project to increase hospital services that will allow St. Luke’s to meet growing patient needs and improve support service areas.

Amount: $200,000

Sponsor(s): Specter and Dent

Recipient: Treatment Trends

Project: The project will enable the implementation of a community-based drug and alcohol addiction and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment center dedicated to serving Veterans and their families. Unfortunately, Veterans returning from combat are at great risk to abuse drugs and alcohol as a means to cope with their experiences. Additionally, many Veterans suffer from the effects of PTSD, which are compounded by substance abuse. The program is designed to provide long-term addiction treatment, specialize in the treatment of PTSD, and assist Veterans and their families by intervening in periods of acute distress.

Amount: $162,000

Sponsor(s): Dent

Assisting Community Groups in Providing Important Social Services

Recipient: Casa Guadalupe, Allentown

Project: The funding will be used to revitalize a neighborhood warehouse into a modern facility that will provide services in health, education, social services and community development. The renovated warehouse will become a community building that will combine recreation, community activities, employment training for young adults and a health clinic for uninsured or underinsured individuals.

Amount: $237,500

Sponsor(s): Dent

Recipient: Children’s Home of Easton

Project: The funding will be used to construct a facility designed to offer specialized therapy and counseling services to children from ages 9 to 21 and their families. This will facilitate the Children’s Home of Easton’s effort to consolidate various locations into one centralized site, the Michael H. Danjczek Family Center, while expanding services.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Dent

Recipient: YMCA of Bethlehem

Project: The funding will be used to renovate the Bethlehem YMCA's 60 year old dormitory creating Bethlehem YMCA Affordable Housing, LLP. This facility will provide safe and affordable housing for low-income, homeless and the working poor men and women. Additionally, the Bethlehem YMCA project will create a blend of single room occupancy units and efficiency apartments, employ an onsite case manager and provide both on and off site services geared towards enriching the lives of its residents by not only providing a place to stay but means to achieve greater independence.

Amount: $237,500

Sponsor(s): Dent

Revitalizing Our Cities

Recipient: City of Allentown

Project: The funding for the Old Allentown Streetscape Improvements project will provide streetscape improvements for an urban historic district within the City of Allentown that is experiencing infrastructure deterioration. Improvements will include curbing and sidewalk replacement and the installation of street lighting, trees, new ADA compliant handicap ramps, and street pace for improved safety at busy crosswalks.

Amount: $475,000

Sponsor(s): Casey and Dent

Recipient: State Theatre Center for the Arts

Project: The funding will support significant façade repair and preservation, specifically windows and a restored marquee, for the State Theatre in Easton. These improvements will help enhance and preserve the Theatre, which has been a key component of efforts to revitalize downtown Easton. The funding is allocated through the Saving America’s Treasures program which awards grants to properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Amount: $175,000

Sponsor(s): Dent

Workforce and Economic Development

Recipient: Lehigh Career and Technical Institute

Project: The funding will address the critical workforce shortage of diesel technicians and tractor trailer drivers by enhancing the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute’s technological and instructional capabilities. Digital instructional technology investments will enhance distance learning opportunities, interactive simulator training, and vehicle repair and driver training. This initiative will allow LCTI to develop their technological capabilities to include high speed network connections to facilitate distance learning, thin client servers and computer stations, category six network cable, digital web cameras, wireless connectivity, monitors, interactive whiteboards and software. Additionally, the funding will allow secondary and postsecondary instructors at LCTI to learn the most recent repair procedures and logistics operations.

Amount: $209,000

Sponsor: Dent

Recipient: Electrotechnology Applications Center, Northampton Community College

Project: The Northampton Community College Electrotechnology Applications Center (ETAC) provides confidential assistance to businesses and manufacturers to help them increase productivity, improve energy efficiency, and achieve and maintain environmental compliance. Specifically, ETAC helps small businesses gain a competitive advantage by applying alternative technologies to improve heating, drying, coating and curing processes. This project addresses a statewide initiative to provide support for proactively reducing emissions from the manufacturing sector. Funding will be used to continue the Center’s small business program which helps manufacturers reduce green house gas (GHG), volatile organic compound (VOC), and hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions.

Amount: $300,000

Sponsor(s): Casey and Dent

Other Fifteenth District Projects and Programs

Recipient/Project: Cedar Crest College for a seniors outreach program.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Specter

Recipient/Project: City of Allentown for security camera acquisition and installation.

Amount: $400,000

Sponsor(s): Specter

Recipient/Project: City of Easton for housing rehabilitation and neighborhood revitalization.

Amount: $475,000

Sponsor(s): Casey

Recipient/Project: DeSales University for technology upgrades including the purchase of equipment.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Specter and Casey

Recipient/Project: Francis E Walter Dam, PA Operating and Maintenance Budget (Army Corps)

Amount: $718,000

Sponsor(s): Casey and the President

Recipient/Project: Good Shepherd Home, Inc. for renovation and equipment.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Specter

Recipient/Project: Lafayette College for technology upgrades, including the purchase of equipment.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Specter

Recipient/Project: Lehigh Carbon Community College to provide science, technology, engineering and math programs to area high school students.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Specter

Recipient/Project: Lehigh University to develop programming for a Center for Developing Urban Educational Leaders.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Specter and Casey

Recipient/Project: Lehigh University for research and development of nanomaterials, funded through NASA.

Amount: $500,000

Sponsor(s): Specter

Recipient/Project: Lehigh Valley Hospital to provide healthcare access.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Specter

Recipient/Project: Montgomery County Community College for curriculum development and equipment acquisition to support a health services initiative.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Specter

Recipient/Project: Muhlenberg College for a civic engagement and service learning program.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Specter and Casey

Recipient/Project: Northampton Community College for technology and equipment upgrades and acquisition.

Amount: $95,000

Sponsor(s): Specter