Dec 21, 2018

Public-Private Partnership Targets Storm Water Pollution

The partnership will combat storm water pollution and install green infrastructure

Public-private partnership aims to improve storm water pollution
Public-private partnership aims to improve storm water pollution

The Stormwater Authority of Chester, Pa., through its partnership with Corvias announced it will use $15 million in low interest loans from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) to remediate existing storm water assets and install new green infrastructure devices that will remove pollution and improve the health of local waterways, including Ridley Creek, Chester Creek and the Delaware River.

The funding will be used on storm water projects approved by the city council such as the Crozer Park Trail project and the Catch Basin Retrofit project. For the Crozer Park Trail project, the partnership will reduce existing impervious area, construct a new rain garden, and install vegetation and 90 deciduous trees along the trail. For the Catch Basin Retrofit program, the partnership will continue cleaning and inspecting drainage structures and then repair and/or retrofit identified basins requiring improvement.

“The successful financial close on projects through PENNVEST has allowed us to actively begin the Catch Basin Retrofit Phase of work throughout the city,” said Pete Littleton, senior operations manager, at Corvias. “We’re excited to move forward and continue all of our efforts, allowing Chester to realize greater potential from what had once been looked at as a singular water quality challenge.”

The Stormwater Authority of Chester and Corvias have partnered on this community-based public-private partnership program to plan, implement and manage an integrated water quality program within the city of Chester with an initial $50 million water quality infrastructure development, including a long-term (30-year) operation and maintenance program. The effort will support greater greening efforts in the region, building local capacity, driving economic development and providing education and training in water quality developments for this historically impoverished, overly burdened, urbanized community in the Delaware River watershed.

The partnership has received support from the community to include the industrial, business and residential sectors and their investment in the success of these efforts that aim to not only support the redevelopment and beautification of the city of Chester but foster community engagement and empowerment.

“Our intent is to control storm water runoff through outreach, education, construction, operation and maintenance of a storm water system,” said Dr. Horace Strand, executive manager at the Stormwater Authority of Chester. “This partnership has already allowed us to make headway on that goal and we are proud and appreciative of how the community and stakeholders have supported this great endeavor.”