York County water cleanup projects bag $845K in state grants

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

Four local projects got an injection of state funds Thursday, Dec. 7, to help clean up York County streams leading to the Chesapeake Bay.

As part of the Growing Greener grant program, Wrightsville was awarded $356,350 to implement green infrastructure improvements, according to a news release.

With funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a large stormwater retention basin was added to Riverfront Park in Wrightsville Borough, reducing polluted runoff along the Lower Susquehanna.

The borough is embarking on a nearly $2 million renovation project at its Riverfront Park, with crews working to restore the grounds, add new trails and build a boat ramp while upgrading the borough’s stormwater management practices and equipment.

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Jackson Township officials will have an extra $190,000 to put toward restoring the portion of Little Creek that passes through the Little Creek Golf Course, according to the news release. 

The grant will cover a large portion of construction work, which will take place in 2018. Following the creek restoration, Jackson Township officials plan to convert the front nine holes of the Little Creek Golf Course into a recreation facility while preserving the back nine holes as a golf course.

Washington, D.C.-based American Rivers Inc. was given $219,632 toward its project to remove the Kehm Run Dam in York Township, and Hallam received $80,000 to restore a tributary stream of Kreutz Creek, according to the release.

The projects were among 106 approved for state funding by Gov. Tom Wolf, with money going to 51 projects in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and 55 projects in counties beyond the watershed.

“These grant projects represent important opportunities for citizen and community engagement in local water cleanup around the commonwealth,” Wolf said in the release. “The vitally important roster of local governments and nonprofit organizations who willingly tackle them is a great representation of our spirit of partnership.”