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Greenwood Upgrades Storm Drain; Helps Chesapeake Bay

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GREENWOOD, Del.- Thousands of dollars are headed to Greenwood to help a flood-prone area within the town. The federal money is intended to reduce flooding and improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.

A deep ditch lines the Brenda Jones Park in Greenwood. It used to help drain water out of the town during storms, but it has never been upgraded.

"Every time we get a severe rain, this entire area is pretty much under water," said Greenwood Mayor Donald Donovan. He said the project is a small but, very important piece in the overall plan of helping the bay.  

The Nanticoke River flows south west through Delaware and into the Chesapeake Bay, so all the water that falls on the ground in Greenwood, eventually makes its way to the Bay via the Nanticoke.

With help from the EPA, National Fish and Wildlife, and DNREC $35,000 of work will be done, restoring drainage ditches.

"All the pollutants that run off land here, ultimately make their way to the Chesapeake, so we want to try to trap those pollutants here, filter them here, before they get to the source," said David O'Neil, the Eastern director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Trees will also be planted in Greenwood. The new trees will suck up water like straws, also helping with drainage and holding soil in place.

"The Chesapeake area has been targeted for water quality issues, so anytime we can plant trees in the Chesapeake bay watershed in Delaware, we try to do that," said Delaware Deputy State Forester Henry Poole.

When complete, the project should reduce storm water runoff and create more than half an acre of new floodplain habitat.

A similar project is planned for Laurel, The Sussex County town will get $100,000 in assistance to help develop a green infrastructure program.

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