Nanticoke, July 23, 2021 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) has received a loan for $2,795,652 from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for stormwater projects.
The projects consist of a 600-foot streambank restoration, a two series quarter-acre rain garden, a retrofit of an existing 6.1-acre stormwater basin, and a retrofit of an existing 1.1-acre stormwater basin.
“By receiving this funding from PENNVEST, WVSA will be able to finance critical stormwater projects that will assist in reducing sediment, nitrogen and phosphorous levels in the Susquehanna River,” said Senator John Yudichak. “The funding is also critical in helping member communities achieve compliance with MS4 mandates and will help mitigate flooding risks throughout the region.”
“As WVSA’s Stormwater Management Division continues implementation of strategic plans designed to meet pollutant reduction requirements and improve water quality, the PENNVEST loan will provide essential funding for the ongoing execution and successful completion of these projects,” said James B. Tomaine, PE, Executive Director, WVSA. “We greatly appreciate Senator Yudichak and his partnering delegates’ ability to secure this funding.”
These stormwater projects will help improve the water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Once completed, 193,024 pounds of sediment, 3,809 pounds of nitrogen, and 401 pounds of phosphorus will be eliminated annually.
The Luzerne County legislative delegation also assisted in helping WVSA secure this funding. The Luzerne County legislative delegation includes Senator Lisa Baker, Senator John Gordner, Senator Marty Flynn, Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Representative Mike Carroll, Representative Gerald Mullery, Representative Tarah Toohil, Representative Karen Boback and Representative Aaron Kaufer.
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