Montgomery Awarded $20k Sustainable Jersey Grant

Posted on July 6, 2021

Sustainable Montgomery includes (l-r) Township Engineer Gail Smith; Planning Director Lori Savron; Environmental Commission members Greg Kaganowicz and Mary Reece (chair), Assistant Engineer Mark Hermann.

Montgomery Township was one of four municipalities to win a $20,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey to fund local environmental projects. Another 28 towns received smaller grants. Montgomery’s grant will be used to improve the effectiveness of detention basins to reduce stormwater runoff.

“Montgomery is excited to receive this grant and begin a pilot project to retrofit a few older detention basins with newer green infrastructure techniques that will provide a host of environmental benefits, such as increasing groundwater recharge, improving water quality, and reducing the frequency of mowing,” said Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan. “This will also make us better neighbors to those communities downstream by helping to reduce flooding.”

The grant was presented in a virtual ceremony this week to Sustainable Montgomery, the township’s designated “green team.”

In 2019, Montgomery Township was one of only fourteen towns in New Jersey to have earned Sustainable Jersey Certification during all 10 years since the program launched in 2009.

The mission of Sustainable Jersey is to “empower New Jersey communities to build a better world for future generations with the tools, training, and financial incentives necessary to pursue critical sustainability initiatives.” The grant funding was provided by the PSE&G Foundation.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Green Team / Sustainable Jersey