In an effort to improve communities and provide jobs across the four-state area, officials are announcing nearly $700,000 to go towards support local green infrastructure projects.
Local elected officials and organizations have high hopes for going green. Nearly $700,000 will be invested to help beautify towns and boost their economies including the Town of Bath in Berkeley Springs.
“It’s making the town green, making the town safe for pedestrians and managing storm water more effectively,” said Larry Lower, Co-chair of the Town of Bath Streetscape Committee.
The Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program works in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Trust and City of Baltimore. The nearly $700,000 grant announced on Thursday will fund 21 innovative green infrastructure projects. Local business owner Paul Fogarty and his wife support the go green initiative. The flooding a few weeks ago affected their business, but thankfully they say it didn’t do much harm.
“We were standing inside the front door watching it cross one side of the street. One tree, another tree…And it was a matter of, ‘is this going to go on,’ and it went in our basement but it didn’t flood us out,” said Fogarty, Co-owner of Fairfax Coffee House.
The project will stretch across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Trey Johanson says she feels secure in having this project help out so close to home.
“We know the town is supporting our future, not just sitting with what is. A lot of folks can be shortsighted, particularly in a small town. There may not be a global perspective and a future perspective, and we have that here and it is remarkable,” she said.
Lowers says, “Sometimes, change bothers people but I think when people see the benefits of that, they’re seeing that it’s improving a town.”
The first phase of the project started in 2008. Town officials are currently working on the fourth phase, which is expected to go on for up to eight years.