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City Awarded $400,000 to Improve Stream Water Quality
Posted Date: 12/18/2012 4:30 PM

The City of Greensboro Water Resources Department's Stormwater Division received a $400,000 grant from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) for the construction of South Buffalo Creek Habitat and Water Quality Improvement Project. Located along the South Buffalo Creek floodplain between Meadowview Road and Farragut Street, the project will incorporate stream and floodplain restoration and wetland enhancements.

The initial phase of construction is scheduled to start within the next year at an estimated cost of $972,000. The remainder of the project cost will be provided by Stormwater Management Capital Project funds. Past CWMTF investments to improve water quality for South Buffalo Creek have included a $325,000 grant awarded in 2010 for the design of this project.

Poor water quality conditions and various other factors have deemed South Buffalo Creek as “impaired” for aquatic life by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR). This project is another step toward improving a historically stressed and impaired stream. Stormwater Division officials hope to continue improving water quality conditions for various streams throughout the City.

CWMTF was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1996 and issues grants to local governments, state agencies, and conservation nonprofits to help finance projects that specifically address water pollution problems. In 2012, the fund invested more than $6 million for 17 projects throughout NC. CWMTF grants have provided protection for more than 454,375 acres of important watersheds and 4,863 miles of riparian buffers. To find a complete list of projects, visit this website.

For more information about this project or the City’s water quality efforts, contact David Phlegar at 336-373-2707 or visit www.greensboro-nc.gov/stormwater.

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