York County stormwater projects get $471K from EPA

York Dispatch

Three York County municipalities will get a helping hand from the federal government to improve their stormwater management systems over the coming months.

Officials from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, state Department of Environmental Protection and local municipalities gathered Thursday at the York County Prison, as DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell announced the winners of stormwater grants from the EPA.

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell speaks during a news conference, held to announce grant funding for 17 additional municipal stormwater projects, at York County Prison in Springettsbury Township, Thursday, June 29, 2017. The projects are all located in Pennsylvania's portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York City, Spring Grove and Goldsboro will together receive a quarter of the $2.2 million awarded for stormwater-system improvements in 16 municipalities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, McDonnell said.

The EPA will give York City $200,000 for streambank-restoration projects along Poorhouse Run in Memorial Park, according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office. Spring Grove  will get $185,000 for the first phase of a similar restoration project on the stream that runs near the Route 116 roundabout.

Goldsboro officials will get $86,290 to restore a stretch of Fishing Creek between South York Street and Water Street, according to the governor’s office.

Cecil Rodrigues, Mid-Atlantic acting regional administrator for the EPA, said officials aimed four of the grants at York County because restoration efforts in the area will lead to a cleaner Susquehanna River and therefore a cleaner Chesapeake Bay.

York County is a shining example of how municipalities can work together to efficiently and cost-effectively improve local waterways, McDonnell said.

Fifty-one municipalities, and York County as a whole, are participants in the York County Regional Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan, a regionalized effort to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment entering local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

Officials descended on the prison Thursday to mark one year since York County received an EPA grant for improvements to the prison's stormwater management system.

Editor's note: A previous version of this article indicated Paradise Township in western York County was granted $142,082 for a stormwater retrofitting project. The grant was award to Paradise Township in Lancaster County.