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Valley News Dispatch

Harrison sets public meeting on projects to reduce stormwater flooding

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, 3:15 p.m.
The Harrison Township municipal building.
The Harrison Township municipal building.

Harrison residents will have a chance next week to review plans for stormwater reduction projects in the township.

Design proposals for two stormwater infrastructure projects will be presented to the community for review and discussion from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Harrison municipal building, before the commissoners meeting that night starting at 7 p.m.

Township Commissioner Charles Dizard said the two projects will include a smaller one that will be installed, and a second, larger one that will be designed but not installed until more grant funding is obtained.

Four preliminary sites have been identified. They are the Highlands Middle School lawn, the perimeter of the football field at Golden Rams Stadium, the Fairmont Avenue triangle, and the former Bochat property on Freeport Road across from Rambler Drive.

The project is part of a $125,000 grant to the township through the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

According to the conservancy, a stormwater project is likely to take the form of a bioswale, which uses plants and rocks to capture stormwater. They are usually located next to parking lots or public buildings.

The grant is also paying for planting trees in Harrison. Volunteers planted 27 trees in the area around Golden Rams Stadium on Nov. 1, and another 13-to-15 trees are expected to be planted in the spring.

Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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