New partnerships and exciting projects are sprouting along the West Branch in Jersey Shore, PA.
As part of the Susquehanna Greenway River Towns program, the community is improving its connection to the River with a new public river access. Additionally, the local River Town Team and Jersey Shore Borough have partnered with Penn State University Master Gardeners - Lycoming County to design and help plant two large rain gardens and a vegetated area, or "buffer strip" beside the river access area.
These natural areas will capture rainwater, sediment and will play a key role in keeping the West Branch clean by slowing erosion and lessening flooding.
Seeing the new projects as an opportunity for learning as well as "greening," the River Town Team and Master Gardeners are creating two educational signs for the rain gardens and buffer. The signs will tell the story of this green infrastructure and help folks understand the many benefits of the projects including clean water, community beautification, and habitat creation.
"The Susquehanna Greenway River Towns program recognizes that finding new partners for community projects can be very beneficial and lead to great success," said Sid Furst, Board Member with SGP and recent graduate of the Master Gardener program.
"We noticed that there are a lot of common goals between the Master Gardener program and what the Jersey Shore River Town Team is looking to accomplish for a cleaner, greener, more connected Jersey Shore. The result of this volunteer collaboration, contribution, and work will be the creation of areas of beauty that contribute to a better environment and provide areas for residents and visitors to walk, relax, and connect with the Susquehanna River," said Furst.