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The town of Greenwood, Delaware, has commenced a restoration project at its park and two local industrial sites with the help of funding from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), The First State announced on its website.
The NFWF has granted Greenwood a sum of $35,000 to help reduce flooding and improve its water quality in the future by restoring native vegetation along 1,000 feet of the Cart Branch Tax Ditch, which drains into the Nanticoke River and on into the Chesapeake Bay.
The project has received design coordination and guidance from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).
The scheme forms part of the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, which helps local communities restore and protect water quality and vital habitats within its watershed. Greenwood is one of several towns to be selected by the NFWF to receive funding or technical assistance -- it was granted the funding after showing that it could provide in-kind technical services and funds from local partners.
Greenwood's project also received major funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the USDA's Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Corporate sponsors also provided much-needed funding.
The move comes as part of Delaware's Watershed Implementation Plan, which aims to decrease nutrient and sediment pollution entering Delaware's waterways. Other towns in the state are also implementing projects in support of the initiative to return to an environmentally and economically sustainable watershed - which is part of a larger vision to encourage diversity and a vibrant cultural heritage across the state.