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Lewisboro Hopes to Get Some Stormwater Grant Money

LEWISBORO, N.Y.  The town of Lewisboro is hoping to get some grant money from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that will help fund some of its Year 3 Stormwater Retrofit Projects.

The Croton Kensico Watershed Intermunicipal Coalition (CKWIC) has secured $200,000 from the DEC that will be shared among communities east of the Hudson that lie within the watershed. Besides Lewisboro, some of those communities include Somers, Bedford, Pound Ridge, North Salem, North Castle, and Mt. Kisco.

“It’s a pool of money for east-of-Hudson communities to apply for; it’s not a specific thing for Lewisboro,” said Deputy Supervisor Peter DeLucia. “There are a lot of regulations that communities in the watershed need to meet. They’re in this together to see what projects they can get funded.”

DeLucia stressed that if Lewisboro does get a piece of the CKWIC money, it will be for the design of the projects and not the implementation of them.

The town’s engineering firm, the Armonk-based Kellard Sessions Consulting, has given the town board four projects to submit to CKWIC for consideration. The designs are required to reduce phosphorus levels and must be approved by the DEC. They include:

Highway garage drainage improvements: This project includes the installation and treatment of highway runoff from the Town House campus prior to entering Truesdale Lake. The design cost would be $15,000.

Old Pond Road drainage improvements: This project includes the installation of a stormwater quality pond, bio-filtration areas, and the regrading of portions of Old Pond Road to treat runoff prior to entering Lake Waccabuc. The design cost is $7,000.

Tarry-a-Bit Road drainage improvements : This project includes the creation of stone-lined swales, crossover piping, and a sediment basin to capture, convey and treat stormwater prior to entering Lake Waccabuc. The design cost is $7,000.

Truedale Lake forebay : This project includes the creation of a forebay (a small pool located near the inlet of a storm basin) that would be instilled downstream of the existing stormceptor unit (a device that separates oil grease and sediment from stormwater runoff) on Lake Shore Drive. The project should also look at treating the sediment at the upstream source. The cost of the design would be $12,000.

“Kellard Sessions is working to make sure [the projects] are submitted in a timely fashion to take advantage of any money that might be available,” DeLucia said. “The town board has given them the go ahead.”

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