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Technical Assistance Collaborative

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The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has been partnering with Pennsylvania municipalities and other technical assistance providers to meet their clean water obligations for more than a decade.  The Collaborative consists of partners such as the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland and Pennsylvania’s conservation districts, local governments and land-based consulting firms.

Our role in providing assistance has ranged from hands-on assistance with landscape design, regional planning, building web portals for education and outreach and providing thousands of hours of training for municipal staff and officials on green infrastructure, MS4 requirements and strategies, community engagement and Chesapeake Bay Program policies.

Blair County, PA: Building Green Infrastructure

Thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we are focusing on accelerating the implementation of green infrastructure stormwater best management practices (BMPs) in Blair County, Pennsylvania MS4 (municipal separate storm sewer system) communities and providing the resources necessary to incorporate green infrastructure into long-term planning in the region.

These efforts will enhance community livability through the many benefits associated with green infrastructure: beautification, reduction in flooding risk, increases in energy efficiency, and improvements to human health. Direct assistance will be provided in current MS4 stormwater planning while creating a cadre of development and landscape practitioners with expertise in green infrastructure that can continue progress in the Juniata River Basin in the future.

Capital Region Framework for Watershed Restoration

Harrisburg, PA in Dauphin County. (Photo courtesy of Dauphin County Government)

Harrisburg, PA in Dauphin County. (Photo courtesy of Dauphin County Government)

Thanks to a Growing Greener Grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection, the Alliance will support stormwater management and green infrastructure initiatives in central Pennsylvania (Cumberland, Dauphin, and York counties), in partnership with the Capital Region Council of Governments (CapCOG).

Over the course of the grant, the Alliance will partner with the CapCOG, the Environmental Finance Center (EFC), and Chesapeake Stormwater Network (CSN) to help several communities meet their watershed and water quality requirements. The program will focus on providing technical training on how to design and implement stormwater BMPs and helping communities develop sustainable plans to finance green infrastructure. The Alliance and EFC will assist these communities with grant applications and connect them with local funders. We aim to leave behind knowledgeable, confident engineers and landscape designers who will help their communities install green infrastructure.

Hampden Township Stormwater Initiatives

In partnership with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) and Hampden Township, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is providing technical assistance and support to install two stormwater best management practices (BMPs) in Hampden Township, Pennsylvania.

stormwater BMPs

SRBC received funding to implement innovative stormwater retrofits on two Hampden Township properties to improve water quality in Cedar Run, an impaired stream. Typically, stormwater control practices in south-central Pennsylvania can hold large volumes of water, but lack the ability to improve water quality. As such, there is a critical need to demonstrate to municipalities that existing stormwater practices can be modified to meet local and regional water quality goals and requirements, and that such measures can be done cost-effectively.

Donna Morelli Pennsylvania State Director, Pennsylvania Office

Donna serves as the Director of our Pennsylvania Office, where oversees all PA program staff and works on a variety of projects, from helping local governments analyze their development codes to planting riparian buffers.

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Jenna Mitchell Program Manager, Pennsylvania Office

Jenna serves as the Alliance's Program Manager in Pennsylvania, where she coordinates a variety of projects such as film festivals, our Trees for Tomorrow Program, and more.

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