By Jeanette DeForge
The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Valley Opportunity Council and Nuestras Racies is joining with Chicopee and Holyoke officials to try to reduce sewer overflows by planting more trees and urban gardens in areas which will reduce runoff which flows into combined storm drains and sewer pipes and eventually overflows in to rivers.
The project will be discussed during workshops held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Jan. 10 at the Chicopee Public Library, on Front Street and from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Holyoke Public Library on Chestnut Street. The public is encouraged to attend and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and make comments.
In Holyoke and Chicopee, three two-block study areas have been selected based on their location in an area with combined sewer systems and planned upcoming roadwork.
The project is funded by a grant from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, project partners also include the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Conway School of Design.