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Where We Live: Aurora/East Aurora

Aurora/East Aurora

The Aurora Highway Department will be honored by Erie County next week for its efforts to keep water clean by redesigning ditches on Reading Road.

The test project to make ditches along roadways shallower and grassier is intended to reducing erosion and catch silt before it runs into Cazenovia Creek, which flows to downtown Buffalo. The town plans to continue altering ditches as part of repaving and is considering work on Hubbard Road this spring and summer.

“We’re trying to make it a point to eliminate silting,” said David Gunner, superintendent of highways. “Instead of old country ditches, ours are more gentle with gentle slopes.”

In recognition of the effort, the Erie County Management Council will bestow its Environmental Excellence Award Friday morning at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Gently sloping ditches are also more visible, making roads safer. This way they don’t collect as much debris. There’s less cleaning and maintenance with gentler inclines, said Don Owens, chairman of the Aurora Planning and Conservation Board.

“There’s a lot of benefits to this,” he said.

This week:

• The Town of Aurora meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave.