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Work begins in Jaycee Park today


The Daily Reflector

Monday, January 7, 2019

Visitors to Jaycee Park should be aware that work to address a failed stormwater detention pond begins today on the park’s back edge.

The city announced last week that crews will begin a project to plant native, bottomland hardwood trees in a constructed stormwater wetland adjacent to the Cedar Lane park.

The project aims to remove harmful invasive species, reduce flooding and nutrient pollution and improve the overall quality of important waterways in the city, a news release said.

The city’s Public Works Department, Recreation and Parks Department and Sound Rivers have partnered with East Carolina University and NC State University to complete the project.

The work is outlined in the Greens Mill Run Watershed Master Plan, one of seven watershed plans developed by the city to improve stormwater management.

The plans were instrumental in acquiring grants from Clean Water Management Trust Fund and N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to fully fund the project.

Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization representing more than 3,000 members with a mission to monitor and protect the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River watersheds covering nearly one quarter of North Carolina, and to preserve the health and beauty of the river basins through environmental justice.

Construction should be completed by mid-February, officials said.

To find out more about stormwater management, go to www.greenvillenc.gov/government/public-works/stormwater-management or www.soundrivers.org/stormwater.