Bethlehem Storm Water Runoff Improvements on the Way

Latest in a series of posts on the environment

Gadfly:

Rebuilding crumbling stormwater infrastructure and adopting innovative new practices to reduce flooding is finally gaining the attention it deserves. The City of Bethlehem has hired a lead engineer to head up the Department of Public Works effort to manage stormwater runoff. The result will be a stormwater management plan to tackle long-standing flooding hazards and beautify streets and public areas while finding the best ways to respond to expanding state and federal regulations. This work will be paid for by a stormwater fee added to residential and commercial water bills.

To find out more, sign up for and attend one of the two virtual meetings hosted by Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley on April 1 and 6th. Register at www.watershedcoalitionlv.org/Bethlehem for “Bethlehem Presentation: Stormwater Fees – What Residents Need to Know.”

“Starting this spring, Bethlehem City residents will see a small monthly stormwater fee charge on their utility bills. Join this webinar to learn more. The presentation will cover the basics of urban stormwater management and why more municipalities are approving fees to help rebuild crumbling stormwater infrastructure and create innovative new practices to reduce flooding. Learn how cities and towns are tackling long-standing flooding hazards and beautifying their streets and public areas while finding the best ways to respond to expanding state and federal regulations. There will be a chance to ask questions, with answers posted online afterwards, along with a recording of the presentation.”

Jane Cook
Monocacy Creek Watershed Association

Stormwater is also on the agenda for the open-to-the-public Public Works Committee meeting Thursday at 5:30.

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