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Sellersville has plan for cleaner streams

Reducing sediment levels along Perkiomen East Branch

CHRIS RUVO

Sellersville is on a mission to make local waterways a little cleaner.

Borough council is considering adopting a “Pollution Reduction Plan” that, if enacted, would reduce the total sediment levels discharging from Sellersville’s storm sewer system into unnamed tributaries of the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek.

After evaluating various methods for reducing sediment levels, borough officials are keen to proceed with a plan developed by Quakertown-based civil engineering firm Cowan Associates.

The plan centers on performing streambank restoration along a tributary of the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek that is in an area between Main Street and Ninth Street.

Sellersville Borough Manager David Rivet said that work will entail installing a Filtrexx Bank Stabilization Soft Anchoring System along 330 feet of stream channel and then planting grass seed on it.

Once completed, the restoration will improve water flow characteristics of the watercourse and lead to less streambank erosion, thus reducing sediment discharges from the borough.

“It is estimated that this will reduce sedimentation by approximately 14,810 pounds per year,” said Rivet.

Sellersville is undertaking the project to meet requirements of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permitting program, Rivet said.

Residents interested in reviewing the plan in its entirety can head to http://sellersvilleboro.org or stop by the borough building at 140 East Church St.

Borough council plans to hold a public hearing on the proposed pollution reduction plan 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the borough building. Residents will be able to comment on and ask questions about the plan.

Sellersville asks that interested residents submit comments in writing in advance by Aug. 28. Comments can be addressed to Rivet at the borough building address.

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