May 26, 2018
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Feds award $60,000 for project designed to reduce flooding, sewer overflows into Bath neighborhood

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

BATH, Maine — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the city of Bath $60,000 in technical assistance for a project designed to reduce flooding and sewer overflows in the Willow Street neighborhood.

The project includes a feasibility study and conceptual design for a project to mitigate flooding and combined sewer overflows while stabilizing and improving the area, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Willow Street area is a topographical low point in Bath and prone to flooding and stormwater runoff through the sewer system into the Kennebec River.

The project will “solve or reduce flooding projects in the Willow Street area by putting water back into the ground rather than letting it run off hard surfaces,” Emily Zimmerman of the Environmental Protection Agency said in an email.

The Environmental Protection Agency funding is valued at $60,000, according to Marc Meyers, community relations coordinator for Bath.

The project is among 14 nationwide to receive $860,000 in funding to expand the use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost resilience to the impact of climate change, according to a release from the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Investing in green infrastructure pays off for our environment and our economy. It reduces water pollution and energy consumption while creating jobs,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a release. “These investments help local communities build resilient systems to protect from severe storms, floods and other impacts of climate change.”

During the past three years, the Environmental Protection Agency has provided $2.2 million to 39 communities for green infrastructure to reduce water pollution.

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