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South Williamsport finalizes agreement on stormwater

An inter-governmental cooperative agreement was finalized Monday between South Williamsport borough, DuBoistown and the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority.

Borough officials said this was a giant leap forward toward their stormwater management needs.

What that means for the public is that it formalizes a memorandum of understanding signed between the entities in October. The memorandum of understanding formed the framework for the partners to jointly tackle stormwater permitting, said Steven W. Cappelli, borough manager.

Together, the communities have to eliminate nitrogen, phosphorous and silt within the next four years or face “staggering fines,” Cappelli said.

The inter-governmental cooperative agreement establishes the authority as administrator for the boroughs to meet regulatory compliance and cost sharing to reduce the required loads, he said.

“Our load reduction is more than theirs,” Cappelli said of the neighboring community to the west.

The agreement now means the boroughs have formally entered a contract on stormwater, he said.

Additionally, the borough is awaiting news on whether it is recipient of a $300,000 “Growing Greener” state Department of Environmental Protection grant, Cappelli said.

The grant, news of which could arrive by March, will “significantly help the borough to reduce any debt associated with designing and building “best management practices” projects that are part of the unfunded mandates to help to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Cappelli said.

South Williamsport and other officials are expected to meet with Gov. Tom Wolf on Jan. 30 to further discuss the importance of the community receiving the grant.

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