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ISC receives $334,000 Growing Greener grant

Money will go to ‘green infrastructure’ projects, possible engineering work

The Intergovernmental Stormwater Committee has received a $334,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener program for work along Brush Run in the vicinity of Lakemont Park.

The grant will go for “green infrastructure” projects and possibly engineering work on the proposed dredging of the park pond, which is the centerpiece of the committee’s plan to meet its mandated goal of reducing the flow of stormwater sediment into area streams by 1.4 million pounds a year over five years.

The Growing Greener grant will complement a recently awarded $195,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for green infrastructure within Lakemont Park.

“It will go hand-in-hand,” said Chelsey Ergler, coordinator for the 11-municipality committee.

Blair County and PennDOT are property owners in the area in which the Growing Greener projects would be constructed, according to Ergler.

The two can be used to meet the match requirements for on another, according to Teddie Kreitz of Keller Engineers and Brian Shura of Stiffler McGraw.

The Growing Greener Grant is only about a third of the amount the committee requested from DEP.

Because of this, committee officials will be meeting with officials from the department to hash out how best to distribute the money, according to Shura.

The money will need to go to individual projects that can be completed, Shura indicated.

Rain gardens are among the kinds of green infrastructure that can help keep sediment out of streams.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.

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