Northampton taking steps to control flooding, storm water runoff through “green” initiatives

Hampshire County

Northampton is taking steps to control flooding and storm water runoff in the city. 

Mayor David Narkewicz announced this week the city’s selection of an environmental firm to assess 10 locations in Northampton in need of “green infrastructure” for flood control. 

The move is part of the city’s commitment to becoming more “environmentally friendly.”  

The firm will use “green infrastructure to control flooding and storm waters in parts of the city. That means using things like plants and rain gardens to prevent flooding, which one resident said happens frequently. 

“One time, I had to drive five different ways to get out of town, because King Street was flooded, route 9 was flooded,” said Santina Sciaba-Douglas of Northampton. “So, yeah. I definitely think that’s something that should be looked at.”

The project is being partially funded by a $330,000 state grant. 

The city will prioritize the projects based on which best prevent flooding hazards, and reduce damage to roads and property. 

These “green” initiatives are also meant to be less expensive than traditional storm drains. 

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