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ISC to amend pollution plan

Committee wants to add projects for ‘credit’ toward mandated goal

The Intergovernmental Stormwater Committee is proposing an amendment including some new projects to its Pollution Reduction Plan, so that the organization of 11 municipalities in the urbanized area of central Blair County can get “credit” toward its mandated pollution reduction goal.

That goal is to lower annual sediment inflow to area streams by 10% or 1.4 million pounds per year.

The additional projects will reduce sediment by an estimated 90,000 pounds, according to ISC coordinator Chelsey Ergler.

Although there was no public comment at a public hearing last week, the amendment will be available until the end of the month at www.cleanblairwater.org and at the Blair County Conservation District at 1407 Blair St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648, for review and comment.

The ISC is likely to vote to send the amendment to the state Department of Environmental Protection next month, according to ISC Chairman Tim Brown.

The amendment adds both completed and proposed projects.

Completed projects include two connected rain gardens near St. Therese’s church on Wopsononock Avenue, a rain garden at the Blair Township municipal building, rain gardens on Poplar Avenue in Hollidaysburg, a bioswale and rain garden on Wordsworth Avenue in Altoona and a bioretention pond at Duncansville Memorial Park, according to the amendment document.

Proposed projects include rain gardens and a pervious parking lot at Lakemont Park, rain gardens and a forebay and detention basin at Peoples Natural Gas Field and wetland mitigation on PennDOT property, according to the document.

The original Pollution Reduction Plan called for the dredging of the lake at Lakemont park, an infiltration basin at Pleasant Valley Elementary School and stream restoration on Brush Run, on the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River along River Road and on four sections of the Beaverdam Branch of the Juniata River — on Conservation District property in Hollidaysburg, near the Westerly Sewer Treatment Plant, near the Knights of Columbus hall in Hollidaysburg and near DeGol in Hollidaysburg.

The dredging of the lake is by far the biggest project, slated to remove 544,000 pounds of sediment per year.

Next is the stream restoration near the Westerly plant, slated to remove 217,000 pounds per year.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.

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