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Park projects designed to ease pollution

February 15, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

WILLIAMSPORT - Two projects under way at Byron Memorial Park will prevent pollution caused by runoff, according to information provided at Monday's town council meeting.

Officials on Monday presented plans to add a rain garden and what is called a riparian buffer to decrease sediment and water pollution.

The park currently contains an unnamed tributary to the Conococheague Creek, said Jennifer K. Dotson, a spokeswoman for the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. Without the additions, sheets of water dump oil and other pollutants from the parking lots into the water.

A riparian buffer, Dotson said, "is really a bunch of native trees that will line the stream."

The trees will help absorb runoff and prevent sediment from getting into the water, said Emily Cooper, a representative from the state Department of Natural Resources.

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A rain garden would contain plants on a plot of low-lying land meant to capture and filter runoff.

She said runoff was the biggest contributor to water pollution.

Dotson said a state grant and other donations helped fund the project. They hope to formally unveil the upgrades in May, she said.

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