A dedicated funding source for the Environmental Stewardship Fund was established in 2002 through an increase in the tipping fee—a fee charged for dumping trash in landfills. This dedicated source generates approximately $60–65 million annually and is allocated to four state agencies for environmental restoration, land conservation, and community recreation and revitalization projects.
A $625 million bond measure, known as Growing Greener II, was passed in 2005 (approved overwhelmingly by the General Assembly and Pennsylvania voters). This funding was spread across four agencies and funded key environmental projects over the course of six years. These funds have been depleted.
In 2012, Act 13 allowed for 10% of the funds generated through the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund (statewide distribution of impact fee revenue) to be earmarked for the Environmental Stewardship Fund. Act 13 also allowed, beginning in the 2012–2013 budget, for $20 million from the state Oil and Gas Lease Fund to be deposited into the Environmental Stewardship Fund. Transfers from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund increased to $35 million annually beginning with the 2013–2014 budget.