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Bay pollution reduction plan on city horizon

City Council’s public works committee gave a positive recommendation Tuesday for the city to accept a Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan.

The full vote by council is expected to take place Thursday in remote meeting format.

The plan, in conjunction with one by Loyalsock Township, is meant to reduce sediment load by 10 percent over the next five years, said Jon Sander, city engineer.

In order to do that, “best management practice” projects estimated to have a design engineering and construction cost for the city of $1.7 million must be done, he said.

The township’s portion for best management practices would be $3.2 million, he said.

It has been recommended the primary projects be construction of swales and better infiltration design along Ravine and Reach roads, along with keeping the city streets sweeper machine operation and doing all of the city streets, Sander said.

Secondary projects would be preventing rain water from entering Fox Hollow Run, enabling it to seep into the ground or be channeled away from the stream and improvements along Grafius Run, which could take longer than five years and were put on a secondary-list because these won’t be done in that short of a time frame, Sander said.

Also, when building design occurs any downspouts must no longer dump water directly into the city drainage system, Sander said.

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