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Town of Bethel Receives $100K Grant for Innovative Green Infrastructure


BETHEL, Del. – The Town of Bethel in Sussex County is getting help to reduce flooding, manage stormwater runoff and improve the water quality of Broad Creek, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The town is receiving $100,000 in grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) program that will help the community implement innovative green infrastructure and green street practices. The G3 Program is administered by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Bethel’s grant supports projects that meet the state’s goals of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan, by helping the town implement green infrastructure that improves water quality of the Broad Creek, a tributary of the Nanticoke River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. The WIP calls for projects that reduce pollution from stormwater runoff and stabilize stream banks.

DNREC said that currently, Bethel lacks sufficient stormwater controls. The few existing stormwater catch basins simply capture runoff that would otherwise impinge against bridge abutments and discharge it directly into Broad Creek without the benefit of treatment. The G3 grant supports the installation of drainage and stormwater controls that will reduce flooding and pollution, while helping to make the community greener.

The G3 grant will be used to help Bethel construct and install several projects in two phases. Total cost of the projects is expected to be more than $450,000. The town is seeking additional funding to complete both phases, according to DNREC.

Phase I:

A series of bioretention areas, or rain gardens, will be installed that will reduce stormwater runoff and drainage concerns. Filterra trees boxes, which collect and treat stormwater runoff, will be placed throughout the town, including the intersection of Main and Vine Streets, which floods regularly. The tree box will pipe the overflow of flood waters to the bioretention gardens. In addition, curbed streetscape islands will be installed with native plantings and stone borders to prevent water and sediment from draining into Broad Creek.

Bioretention gardens will also be constructed along Vine Street where water naturally collects. Property owners along the street have committed to maintaining the gardens, which will feature a combination of plantings, including a flowering aster found in several existing gardens and yards throughout the town.

Phase II:

A living shoreline is proposed along Broad Creek where the existing shoreline has eroded over the years due to stormwater runoff. This 325-foot shoreline will replace an existing shoreline and may include reinforcing concrete riprap and selectively removing invasive plants, such as multiflora rose, while keeping fallen trees as habitat for wildlife, including turtles, fish, eagles and ospreys. A vegetative buffer including wildlife-friendly plants, such as blue flag iris and jewelweed, may be planted.

For the construction phase, this project will employ local contractors and landscapers. The construction is estimated to take place over a 4-month period, beginning in late winter or early spring 2015.

Information on Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Plan, can be found on DNREC’s website by clicking here. For information on the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns grant program, please visit



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