The East Marlborough Board of Supervisors voted at its July 7 meeting to help the Kennett Country Club get state funds for a stream restoration project that would decrease erosion and sedimentation on a 2,100-foot section of the east branch of the Red Clay Creek that flows through the country club's golf course.
Paul Stead, golf course superintendent for the country club, said the section of the stream in the golf course is plagued with steep banks that erode during floods. The country club wants to use a variety of techniques to stabilize the banks and prevent erosion.
The banks would be cut back and smoothed out, and rocks would be placed in erosion-prone areas. Plantings along the stream would also help prevent erosion, and would increase the stream's ability to filter pollutants out of runoff. Stead said the effort could serve as a demonstration of stream-restoration techniques for other landowners in the area.
Stead said the project would be funded by Pennsylvania Growing Greener grants, which serve to preserve the state's environment. The country club cannot apply directly for the grants, since only nonprofit associations can receive them, so he asked that the township make the application and administer the funds. The project would be paid for with about $380,000 from the state, and the golf course would contribute another $200,000. Local groups are also involved, Stead said.
The supervisors agreed that the restoration would reduce sedimentation and help the township meet its environmental goals without the township's having to pay for the work. Board President Cuyler Walker said it was a "win-win proposition." The board then voted to approve the country club's request, with the stipulation that the supervisors could reject the grant if they found as time went on that the township would have any financial liability involved with the project.
In other business, the supervisors heard an update on progress in the Route 82 sewer project. Township Manager Jane Laslo said the rainy weather had caused some delays, but that the project was moving forward better than it had in the past. The board also discussed some changes to the plans for the Willowdale Professional Center with Thomas E. Martin Jr., who represented the property's owner.