HARRISBURG – Three local recreation and conservation projects were approved today for grant funding totaling $375,000 by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, according to Sen. Judy Schwank and Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved grants for: -Berks County Conservation District, Antietam Valley Storm Water Improvements and Lake Restoration, $125,000 -Reading, Schuylkill River Trail Gap Improvement Project, $125,000. -Reading, Replacement of the YMCA of Reading and Berks County’s Washington Street location’s roof, $125,000.“These state grant funds will allow Reading and the Berks County Conservation District to better address the recreational needs of area residents for many years to come,” Schwank said. “I’m glad that we have local officials taking initiative and pursing these funds.”“The approval of these funds is great news for Reading and the surrounding communities who benefit from YMCA programming,” Caltagirone said. “I commend all involved who worked hard to put together high-quality proposals for these competitive grant funds.” “These projects, especially the YMCA improvement, represent important investments not only in the present needs of our community, but for future generations,” Rozzi said. “Residents of the Antietam Valley, the City of Reading and beyond will benefit from these projects.” The funding is through the Act 13—Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund and is administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.