Conrad Avenue stormwater basin project moves forward
A plan to upgrade the Conrad Avenue stormwater basin in rpper Gwynedd took a step forward May 2M.
At its public meeting, the WRZnsKLS’s ERDUG RI FRPmissioners voted to accept WKH UHWURfiWWHG GHsLJn FRPpleted by T&M Associates and pay the engineering fiUP $56,458, SOus IHHs.
A Growing Greener Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, ZRUWK $150,000, ZLOO IunG the project. The improvements will be made to a basin near the intersection of Conrad Avenue and Morris ooad and will be completed in conjunction with Worcester Township.
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He said after the meeting that it will allow sediments in the stormwater to remain in the basin rather than end up in the creeks.
rpper Gwynedd will act as the lead agency for the project, according to Commissioner Clare Edelmayer.
Both communities will be required to contribute matching funds totaling $22,800, DFFRUGLnJ WR LHn Perrone, rpper GwynHGG’s PDnDJHU.
Benner said after the meeting that the townsKLS’s SRUWLRn WRWDOs DSSUR[LPDWHOy $18,000.
In March, commissioners President Ken Kroberger suggested that both communities could share in the cost and credits toward their new requirePHnWs UHODWHG WR WKH D(3’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4F permit.
7RZnsKLS RIfiFLDOs KDG submitted an application last fall requesting a $277,000 JUDnW IURP WKH Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to help fund an initial round of stormwater projects, but the township was RnOy DZDUGHG $150,000.
In lctober, Perrone said the projects in the western end of the municipality were chosen because of their feasibility.
The updated standard — LPSOHPHnWHG WKURuJK the r.S. Environmental Protection Agency and HnIRUFHG Ey WKH D(3 — is designed to reduce the amount of nutrients and sediments deposited in streams, creeks and rivers, according to Michael Fox, a supervisor in Montgomery Township and executive with the Pennsylvania Stormwater Coalition.