JACKSON TWP. — The township will join nearly 30 other municipalities by accepting Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority’s waterway pollution reduction program.
The unanimous decision reached by supervisors Monday will put the rural community in compliance with a state-mandated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Program, also known as MS4.
Area communities are required to develop a five-year plan to reduce the amount of sediment by 10 percent, nitrogen by three percent and phosphorus by five percent, which is washed into the Susquehanna River and other waterways that feed into the Chesapeake Bay by September.
Jackson Township Supervisor Al Fox said WVSA’s proposal was a “more cost effective way” for the municipality to meet the requirements and deadline.
“We had allocated in our budget money for the MS 4,” Fox said. “Right up front, by signing up with them (WVSA), we had more than a $25,000 savings to our budget.”
The WVSA regional plan is expected to cover more than 30 municipalities and would cost each property owner an estimated $36 to $54 annually, as previously reported by the Times Leader.
The Dallas Municipal Authority is also developing its MS4 plan, but has not submitted a proposal to the township, Fox said.
Fox referred all questions about details about WVSA’s plan to the agency. However, WVSA’s offices close at 4 p.m., according to the agency’s website, making them unavailable for comment after the municipal meeting.
In other news, supervisors rescheduled the 9 a.m. September meeting from Monday, Sept. 4, to Monday, Sept. 11, in the municipal building.
The next monthly meeting is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, in the township building.