Kingston and Lehman Townships receive grants for stormwater management

By Eileen Godin - | July 13th, 2016 5:02 pm

HARRISBURG —Kingston and Lehman townships will receive a combined total of $97,900 in grant funding from the Department of Environmental Protection for stormwater improvement projects.

The two grants are just part of $2.2 million released by DEP to fund 19 projects reduce pollutants flowing into the Susquehanna Watershed and downstream to the Chesapeake Bay.

The Susquehanna River Watershed is part of the Chesapeake Bay’s 64,000-square-mile watershed.

Kingston Township Secretary Kathleen Sebastian confirmed the municipality would receive $35,400 in grant funding to install a 3,000-square-foot rain garden at Center Street Park in Shavertown.

“It (the rain garden) will serve to collect storm water runoff from the municipal garage and salt shed,” she said.

Sebastian said the rain garden would also act as an educational tool to promote stormwater management concepts.

She anticipates the rain garden will be planted next spring.

Lehman Township will receive $62,500 to fund the construction of an infiltration trench on Jackson Road, according to the news release from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued Tuesday, July 12.

Lehman Township engineers were unavailable for comment before deadline.

“Stormwater runoff is a significant source of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution that is damaging Pennsylvania rivers and streams,” Harry Campbell, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said in the release. “These stormwater grants will be used for stream restoration, rain gardens, tree plantings and other projects that can reduce polluted runoff and be positive steps toward getting the commonwealth back on track to meeting its clean water commitments.”

Campbell said nearly 19,000 miles of Pennsylvania waterways are polluted.

“DEP has announced that Pennsylvania will not meet its (Clean Water) Blueprint goal of having 60 percent of the pollution-reduction practices necessary to restore its waters in place by 2017,” Campbell said in the release. “The Commonwealth must do more if it is to reach the second goal of 100 percent in place by 2025.”

By Eileen Godin

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