Take a survey about local waters, help with Chesapeake Bay cleanup

In this Wednesday, May 12, 2010, file photo, a man looks out over the Chesapeake Bay, with the Bay Bridge in the background, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Md. (Jacquelyn Martin - AP)

In this Wednesday, May 12, 2010, file photo, a man looks out over the Chesapeake Bay, with the Bay Bridge in the background, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Md. (Jacquelyn Martin – AP)

Efforts are underway in York County to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and you can take a survey to help.

The survey asks residents how they feel about their local waters, such as keeping streams clean or cleaning them up,

flooding problems, using them for recreational purposes and helping to clean up the bay.

Over the next three years, the county is expected to reduce the amount of pollution entering its streams by an amount equal to more than 10,000 dump truck loads, a news release from the York County Planning Commission says.

And you could win one of 12 gift cars just for participating in the survey. Those gift cards are to places such as Brown’s Orchard & Farm Market, White Rose Bar and Grill and Shank’s Mare Outfitters.

Dozens of municipalities — a total of 45 in all, including two without storm water runoff permits — are working together to implement a regional plan to reduce pollution entering the bay, said Felicia Dell, director of the York County Planning Commission. The improvements are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The plan has been submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection for approval, and Dell said she’s hoping to hear soon that it is approved.

Some municipalities are in the process of approving intergovernmental cooperation agreements to work together on the plan and share the costs. York City Council just approved one at its meeting earlier this week.

Some of the top projects under the proposed plan include: stream restoration along creeks in several municipalities; creation of a bioretention pond at Sunset Lane Park in West Manchester Township and the conversion of a traditional storm water basin into a bioretention basin in Dover Township, Dell said.

Municipal officials involved in the effort will be getting together later this month as part of the effort.

 

 

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