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Grant will help Inwood residents with flooding

October 03, 2003

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Eastern Panhandle Conservation District was awarded a $654,800 grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help alleviate flooding caused by storm water runoff.

The grant will benefit residents living in the Inwood, W.Va., watershed, which encompasses 2,344 acres.

The watershed has been subject to flooding because of extensive development and the watershed's problematic surface and groundwater hydrology. Although no streams are in the watershed, excessive storm water runoff causes significant flooding and has the potential to cause groundwater contamination.

The grant will help provide new storm sewers, underground culverts, grass waterways and constructed wetlands to transport and treat storm water and discharge it into a tributary of Opequon Creek. The improvements will eliminate the persistent flooding problems and associated health hazards experienced in the watershed during wet weather.

The grant will pay for 55 percent of the estimated $1.2 million project cost. The Eastern Panhandle Conservation District will pay for the remainder of the project.

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