ACCD to Install Rain Garden in Findlay Township

Grant Awarded for Stormwater Improvements

ACCD will install a 3,000 square foot rain garden and bioswale at the Findlay Township Activity Center in spring 2023 with funding from PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Grant.

The Findlay Township Activity Center’s project will launch the implementation of the Montour Run Watershed Assessment and Implementation Plan, also funded by a Growing Greener Grant.

This proposed stormwater project will reduce sediment and nutrient pollution as well as stormwater flows into Montour Run.

In addition to water quality benefits, the project also provides enhanced educational opportunities for activity center visitors and Montour Trail users regarding green infrastructure and stormwater best management practices.
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Project Details

Portions of the main parking area and downspout connections from the building roof will be directed into a bioswale/rain garden feature. This feature will infiltrate stormwater to decrease and treat runoff by reducing pollutants commonly found in this type of runoff.

ACCD will also install a second rain garden near the overflow parking area. This rain garden will capture runoff from the parking lot and upstream inlets along nearby roads. The garden will include an underdrain and bioengineered soil to infiltrate stormwater. A variety of plant species will uptake nutrients and provide pollinator habitat.

ACCD's project is part of more than $325,000 awarded for projects in Allegheny County to reduce pollution. In Pennsylvania, more than $18 million has been awarded to fund over 60 projects to clean up waters.