We recently partnered with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to convert an unused lawn area at our Wastewater Treatment Plant into a riparian forest buffer. A riparian buffer is a vegetated area near a stream that reduces stormwater runoff, controls erosion, and provides a habitat for local wildlife.
On October 29, 50 volunteers from around the community, including several Borough staff members, joined with the Alliance to plant the over 500 trees needed to create the buffer. This tree planting was part of their 2022 Treelay, a 24-hour volunteer tree planting relay that resulted in almost 3,000 trees planted in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, DC!
In addition to the environmental benefits these trees will provide, they will also reduce the number of hours staff spend mowing the area and reduce our fuel costs.