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Stormwater management demonstration project planned in Little Valley

LITTLE VALLEY – A new demonstration project will be established for best practices and education on managing stormwater around the Cattaraugus County Department of Public Works building in Little Valley.

The project, the brainchild of Ginger Malak, senior regional development coordinator for Southern Tier West, will demonstrate best practices and some bad practices for municipal officials to learn what they can do in their areas, as well as future plans to be a general public educational center with kiosks to describe what is being seen.

The education facility, being done with the cooperation of Cattaraugus County Public Works Commissioner Joseph Pillittere, will have a grand opening May 22.

It will show how some of the management systems are installed and what they are made of.

Malak said an initial installation of some of the demonstration site will be done on April 28 and 29, at the DPW building.

Crews from Alfred State College will be on hand to help install a pervious pavement system as sidewalks and parking squares. The pavement allows water to filter through to prevent standing and pooling water, Malak said. Other items will include dams, liners and many different types of ditches.

Most of the project is being paid for through a $37,050 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission but donations of time and money still are needed to complete the first phase, Malak said.

“Not everything we are envisioning for the Little Valley site is included,” she said. “I hope our vision comes to light.”

The project is still in need of culverts, catch basins, riprap and other items. Businesses that are willing to help out are encouraged to contact Malak at 945-5301, Ext. 2201.