Photos courtesy of: Christina Kinsman
2017 TreeVitalize Grant Awarded
The Authority is the recipient of a 2017 TreeVitalize grant in the amount of $5,100, through the Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council. The grant is for the replacement of the dead ash trees that were positioned at twenty-three (23) planting stations located throughout the flood protection system. The ash trees that were originally planted in the 1990's became infected with the emerald ash borer, an insect that arrived from China in 2004. Using in-house personnel , the Authority removed and disposed of the infected trees. The trees will be replaced with a variety of hardy species to build future diversity in the planting stations. The new trees will be planted in the Spring, 2018 by in-house personnel and volunteers under the direction of a Penn State Cooperative Urban Forester.
Proposed 2017 Projects
A Story Runs Through It
“A Story Runs Through It – Wyoming Valley Levee System” publication is available for purchase at the Luzerne County Historical Society (LCHS) Museum & Shop. A Story Runs Through It is a compilation of 77 individual stories about the Wyoming Valley’s history, environment, industry, commerce, culture, floods and flood protection which includes the Wyoming Valley Levee Raising Project. The LCHS is having a holiday sale at the Library and Museum from November 25 through December 23. The book will be available at a 15% discount during that time (for on-site, in-person purchases). The discount prices are $17.85 for the hard cover and $14.45 for the paperback (both include sales tax). Interested customers can purchase the book at the LCHS Museum, Rear 69 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, or at the LCHS Library, 49 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre. The LCHS accepts cash, checks and credit cards. For further information on the purchase of this publication please contact the LCHS at 570.822.1727 (museum/gift shop); at 570.823.6244 (administration); or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Wednesday Walks
Coordinated by the Wilkes-Barre YMCA
& Sponsored by Highmark
A guided tour of the levee system took place on June 21st, 2017 to educate the community on the inner workings of the Wyoming Valley Flood Risk Management Project (WVFRMP). Christopher Belleman, the LCFPA Executive Director, led the walkers from the Market Street Bridge to the Pierce Street Bridge and back to the YMCA. He educated walkers about the levee pump stations, storage buildings, various types of closure structures and the Susquehanna River Stream Gage, all of which make up a portion of the complex levee system. About 40 members of the community came out for the event and many left with a better sense of how the system functions and how the community is better protected from flooding along the Susquehanna River.
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