DeLuca announces $73,000 grant for Plum stormwater improvements

PENN HILLS, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced Plum Borough will receive a $73,203 grant to maintain and repair three existing residential retention ponds.

DeLuca said the borough plans to use the funding to award a contract to remove more than 4,400 tons of sediment from the retention ponds, clear overgrown vegetation and inspect the infrastructure to make any necessary repairs.

“This project will make sure the retention ponds are functioning properly to reduce flooding and stormwater pollution from storms,” DeLuca said. “The removal of the built-up sediment could also reduce the impact the ponds have on two separate impaired streams.”

The Commonwealth Financing Authority administered the grant from its Watershed Restoration and Protection Program. The funds can be used for construction, improvement, expansion, repair, maintenance or rehabilitation of new or existing watershed protection best management practices. More information about the program can be found here: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/watershed-restoration-protection-program-wrpp/.