The Susquehanna River Basin Commission recently announced the availability of funding and training for local nonprofit organizations, municipalities and county conservation districts to conduct streamside cleanup projects.

The funding, which can be used for new or existing cleanup projects, is the most recent effort by the commission and PPL Corp. to expand its program to remove litter along waterways in the Susquehanna basin.

The 3-year-old program is now called the Susquehanna River Basin Streamside Cleanup Training Academy and Assistance Program.

The program will offer grants of up to $2,000 to local groups to support streamside cleanup projects.

The training academy will offer educational sessions to teach local governments and organizations the key steps in organizing and conducting a cleanup event, including raising funds, recruiting volunteers and protecting their safety, and disposing of collected materials.

The deadline to apply for a grant is June 2. Recipients will be named in early September, and will have until November 2004 to conduct their cleanup project.

Application forms are available online at www.srbc.net, or by calling the commission at 717-238-0423.