G&A Stormwater Initiatives 201

June 6, 2019

A requirement of a Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) is identifying funding opportunities.  The funding sources need to be identified for each of the proposed Best Management Practices (BMPs).  Some examples of commonly used funding sources are:  Municipal General Fund, MS4 Dedicated Stormwater Fund, Bond, Developer Cooperation, MS4 Stormwater Fee, Grant Funding, and/or PennVest Low-Interest Loan.  

One of our passions at G&A is finding innovative ways to help our municipal clients fund capital improvement projects without having to solely utilize general fund money.  We have successfully assisted our clients in obtaining over $60 million in grant funding for various municipal and municipal authority projects.  The knowledge we have gained from all those grant hits (and some misses) guides our efforts when applying for future grants.  Below are some examples of recent G&A MS4 stormwater projects that received grant funding.

Don't let funding hold up your next stormwater improvement project, contact G&A to help you navigate the funding possibilities, advocate on your behalf, and help you achieve successful project results.



Morrisville Borough, Bucks County - Melvin Avenue Basin

The Borough of Morrisville received DCED Funding for $187,992 to support the MS4 Permit obligations to retrofit an existing detention basin at Melvin Avenue.  The MS4 PRP specifies a stormwater BMP to upgrade the existing Melvin Avenue detention basin capturing sediment and providing the required sediment loading reduction to the impaired Rock Run and Martins Creek watersheds. The Borough proposes to retrofit the existing detention basin creating sediment forebays, naturalized flow pathways, and eliminating existing short circuiting.  When the retrofit occurs the basin will have a total proposed sediment reduction capacity of 16,243 lbs/yr.

G&A is currently designing the basin retrofit and the Borough anticipates going out to bid early Summer 2019. 




Bensalem Township, Bucks County - Cornwells Basin & Constructed Wetlands

Through coordination with local residents, Cornwells Elementary School, and PADEP, Bensalem Township successfully achieved a Growing Greener Grant for $173,170 to design and construct a contemporary, environmentally friendly, green stormwater management facility behind Cornwells Elementary. Without the partnerships with the school and nearby residents through frequent communication, this project would never have made it to the construction phase. When complete the wetland will serve to slow and capture runoff rain water and to educate residents and school students about the importance and benefit of protecting and improving natural areas in the community.

Volunteer days will be held this summer, where residents can interact and help install the final plantings to complete the Basin.



Chesterbrook, Tredyffrin Township, Chester County - Wilson Run Stream Restoration

Through the assistance of a PADEP Growing Greener Grant, the Wilson Run Stream Restoration project is nearing competition of construction to restore a tributary of the Valley Creek to address serious flooding issues, replace outdated stormwater infrastructure, and improve the quality of the Wilson Run stream. To achieve these accomplishments, the Chesterbrook Trust and Valley Forge Trout Unlimited formed a partnership, without which grant funding and volunteer efforts would not be possible. Keeping these groups connected involved many emails and frequent updates to ensure everyone was on the same page and satisfied with the project progress and outcome at the end of the day!

A volunteer day was held on Saturday, May 25th!  Nearly 30 volunteers representing G&A, the local non-profit, Valley Forge Trout Unlimited, and residents from the Chesterbrook community, Chesterbrook Trust Parcel 1, turned out to help plant maple and oak tree saplings along with other plants to revitalize the Wilson Run stream.


Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County - Fair Oaks Park Stormwater Basin

The Board of Commissioners for Upper Moreland Township has always had stormwater management projects on their minds.   In 2012, the Board authorized G&A to develop the “Upper Moreland Township Stormwater Management Implementation Plan”, that inventoried all known stormwater issues within the Township and prioritized the implementation of improvements based on various factors (frequency and severity of flooding, number of residents affected, and Township control of land).   The Stormwater Implementation Plan was finalized in 2014 with the Fair Oaks Park Stormwater Basin project ranking very high on the priority list while also representing an excellent opportunity to provide sediment pollution reduction as required by the Township’s MS4 permit.  The pollution reduction opportunity stems from the contributing drainage area of approximately 50 acres, which currently contains no stormwater management BMPs.   In 2016, the Board authorized G&A to prepare grant applications for the $560,500 project and in 2017, the Township was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Financing Authority (CFA) through the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program.   In constant search of additional funds, the Township authorized G&A to continue grant applications and in May 2018 the project was awarded a $195,000 grant from Montgomery County through their Montco 2040 Initiative Program.   The final piece of the puzzle came together later in 2018 when PADEP announced that the Fair Oaks Park Basin would receive $165,500 in funding from the Growing Greener Watershed Protection program.   In total, through grant applications written by G&A, the project has received funding for the entire project amount of $560,500.   Since the various grant awards come from both PA State and County funds, the Montco 2040 Grant can be used as matching funds for both the PADEP and CFA grants, creating the rare opportunity for a municipality to implement a project with very little out of pocket costs.

Construction of the project is scheduled to begin in Spring 2020.

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