Rep. Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) and Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks) recently announced that they have secured a $212,500 grant from the state-offered Watershed Restoration Protection Program for Northampton Township to repair an existing detention basin.
“This funding is instrumental in keeping the township’s water sources clean and free from sediment and contaminants,” said Thomas. “I am pleased that we were able to secure the funds that Northampton Township needed to make this project a reality.”
Currently, the Eagle Valley Subdivision’s detention basin floor is severely eroded and causing an excess of sediment build up in the pond downstream. This project would allow for the existing detention basin to be retrofitted to reduce sediment loading in the township water sources. The total cost of the project is $250,000.
“I am pleased that tax dollars are returning to our communities to help fund these important projects,” Tomlinson said. “Watershed restoration is a crucial part of environmental protection, but it is very expensive. These grants will help restore and protect our waterways while reducing the local financial burden.”
The goal of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Impaired Waters list.