Con­rad Av­enue stormwa­ter basin pro­ject moves for­ward

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Bradley Schlegel bschlegel@21st-cen­tu­ryme-

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.

The grant will cover the SURMHFW’s HnJLnHHULnJ DnG con­struc­tion costs, ac­cord­ing to ouss Benner, rp­per GZynHGG’s HnJLnHHU.

The basin plan represHnWs D FRn­fluHnFH RI WKUHH drainage-ways that ul­ti­mately con­trib­ute to the head­wa­ters of the wachaULDs &UHHN — ZKLFK Ls D trib­u­tary to the Skip­pack &UHHN — DFFRUGLnJ WR Ln­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the board.

7KH UHWUR­fiWWLnJ ZRUN will in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of wet­land ar­eas for wildlife habi­ta­tion, ac­cord­ing to Benner.

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.

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