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EPA to unveil stormwater ideas for Northwest Quadrant in April 3 meeting

Results of an EPA review of stormwater management in the city of Beaufort’s Northwest Quadrant neighborhood will be shared with the public in an April 3 meeting at City Hall, according to a news release today.

Engineers, drainage experts and planners from the federal Environmental Protection Agency and its contractors visited Beaufort in November as part of a technical-assistance grant worth as much as $100,000, the city's release said. Their goal: Find ways to improve stormwater management in the Northwest Quadrant and, working with city staff, identify ways to incorporate these recommendations into street and block design.

Ideas include a “green street” design at Duke Street and a vegetated filtering basin at the southeast corner of Hamar and Prince streets. The Duke Street location right-of-way is owned and maintained by the city of Beaufort. The proposed vegetated filtering basin site, however, is privately owned. Rights to the parcel would have to be secured before the project can begin.

This planning grant makes Beaufort eligible to apply for more EPA funds to build the project, Beaufort city manager Scott Dadson said in the release.

The recommendations will be discussed in detail at the meeting, 2 p.m. April 3 at City Council Chambers in City Hall, 1911 Boundary St.

Information: Lauren Kelly at 525-7014 or lkelly@cityofbeaufort.org

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