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Brubaker Run Floodplain Restoration Commencement

Posted in: News on April 24, 2017

Lancaster Floodplain RestorationOn April 20th, Wohlsen held the commencement ceremony for the Brubaker Run Floodplain Restoration at Lime Spring Square in collaboration with LandStudies. The project is part of Oak Tree Development’s 98-acre Lime Spring Square commercial development project in East Hempfield Township, PA. The restoration portion will remove about 35,000 cubic yards of legacy sediment from the floodplain. This will help reduce pollution by at least 10 percent in the Little Conestoga Creek Watershed, a section of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Further, each year the project will continue to remove about 250 tons of sediment.

All of this comes at no cost to taxpayers – and exemplifies the quadruple bottom line framework. By considering the people, planet, purpose, and profit of the project, the floodplain restoration benefits all stakeholders and area residents. Offering pollutant load reductions and stormwater management, the project helps the Township meet its EPA-directed Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals. It also gives the township space for an 11-acre recreational park. Additionally, our client, Oak Tree Development, will benefit from an extra 100,000 square feet of space.

This project demonstrates the powerful benefits that come from collaboration between the public and private sectors. We are proud to be involved in such an important and beneficial project – one that shows progress does not have to come at the expense of the environment.

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