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Conewago Creek work gets $738,752 state grant via Londonderry Township

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 1/23/19

Londonderry Township is one of nine groups statewide that received grant funds to mitigate stormwater runoff.

The grants were funded through the Department of Environmental Protection’s …

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Conewago Creek work gets $738,752 state grant via Londonderry Township

Londonderry Township was awarded a grant to improve the Conewago Creek.
Londonderry Township was awarded a grant to improve the Conewago Creek.
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Londonderry Township is one of nine groups statewide that received grant funds to mitigate stormwater runoff.

The grants were funded through the Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener program. According to a press release from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office, Londonderry’s Conewago Creek stream restoration projected received $738,752, and more than $3 million was given out in total.

“This project is a great example of regional thinking and a holistic approach to watershed restoration and flood mitigation,” Londonderry Township manager Steve Letavic said in an email.

According to Letavic, the project would repair and restore nearly a mile of the Conewago Creek from the bridge on Route 230 to Mill Road.

With this project, Londonderry will be able to meet its pollutant and sediment reduction goals as required by its municipal separate storm sewer, or MS4, permit.

“At the end of the day, we are going to be able to meet our statutory requirements while restoring a watershed with a replicable model, while reducing flooding, and we are doing it with grant funding thereby lessening the financial burden on taxpayers. That is a project you can be very proud of,” Letavic said.

In October, the township received $193,000 for the project from a grant funded from a $12.6 million civil penalty imposed on Sunoco Pipeline LLP over permit violations related to the construction of the Mariner East II pipeline.

The Conewago Creek Watershed — which is 53 miles through Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties — was identified as a priority watershed along the pipeline corridor. The watershed is impaired with both sediment and nutrients.

Letavic said the entire project — which includes flood plain reconnection, flood mitigation, legacy sediment removal, bio swales and riparian buffer — is estimated to cost $4.2 million.

He said they are in the first phases. A $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation was used to fund a preliminary plan. The Mariner East II grant went toward final design and permit costs, and the Growing Greener grant will be used for the first part of construction.

“We have to complete the final design and permitting process before we begin construction, so I would anticipate this project moving into the construction phases in late 2019 or early 2020,” Letavic said.

Londonderry is partnering with other agencies, including the Tri-County Conewago Creek Association, Penn State, Manada and Lancaster County Conservancies and Mount Joy Township.

“This project is large enough in scope to make a meaningful impact in those areas,” Letavic said.

Other Growing Greener grant recipients included Cambria County, Nanty-Glo Flood Control Restoration, Dauphin County, Lancaster County, Montgomery County, Schuylkill County, Washington County and York County.