EPA to share stormwater improvement ideas

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Results of an EPA review of stormwater management in Beaufort’s historic Northwest Quadrant neighborhood will be shared with the public April 3 at Beaufort City Hall.

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 valued at up to $100,000.

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 must be secured before the project can begin.

This planning grant makes Beaufort eligible to apply for additional EPA funds to build the project, Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said.

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

For more information, contact Lauren Kelly at 525-7014 or lkelly@cityofbeaufort.org.