HANOVER – Funding has been awarded to the Borough of Hanover for a stormwater project that will aid the municipality’s school district in combatting stream pollution.
The grant, totaling $562,335, was made possible by the state’s Growing Greener program, according to Senator Richard Alloway II (R-33) and Representative Kate Klunk (R-169).
“Clean water has been one of my priorities since first taking office,” Alloway said. “I am ecstatic that the borough and school district are partnering together in an effort to promote a healthy environment.”
Overall, the grant will help the Borough of Hanover develop a campus-wide stormwater management plan at the 65-acre Hanover Area School District. The goal of the plan is to eliminate an annual estimated sediment runoff of 4,000 tons, as well as more than 50 pounds of combined nitrogen and phosphorous pollution.
“This grant funding will assist in reducing pollutants that would otherwise find their way into Oil Creek and ultimately the Codorus Creek Watershed. This is a responsible way to manage stormwater runoff and also serves as a beautification project that can be enjoyed by all residents,” Klunk said. “I applaud the Department of Environmental Protection for having the foresight to invest in this project.”
“As a Hanover High School graduate, I enjoyed learning about our environment in this very watershed,” added Klunk. “I look forward to the district continuing to use the meadow and watershed area as an educational tool to teach our students about the environment in a natural setting.”
Additionally, the grant will be used to develop and implement the plan, including soil restoration and the installation of a meadow featuring native plants.
One of the largest investments into Pennsylvania’s environment, Growing Greener projects have been instrumental in cleaning up abandoned mine lands, preserving farmland, and protecting and restoring watersheds throughout the commonwealth. The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees.
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