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Boy Scouts from the National Jamboree will offer a helping hand to Beckley's newest rain garden on Thursday, July 18th.

Scouts will team with personnel from Beckley Sanitary Board to complete the Thomas H. Keyser rain garden. This project is part of the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative taking place throughout Southern WV. 

Scouts will get a brief lesson about the importance of using green infrastructure to manage urban runoff , then BSB crews will direct volunteers to landscape with plants and sod, lay stone, construct a walking path, and install fencing. 

This project will create the 19th rain garden for Beckley. It is designed to remove pollutants from runoff, return water to the groundwater table and alleviate instances of neighborhood flooding. Stormwater runoff is a significant source of pollution responsible for the impairment of Little Whitestick, Cranberry, and Piney Creeks.

The project funding comes through stormwater utility fees. The rain garden is
dedicated to the memory of Thomas H. Keyser, a former BSB board member that served for 29 years. 

In a press release, BSB General Manager Jeremiah Johnson said,"BSB is thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with Boy Scouts of America on a project that will benefit both our customers and local waterways. We know each scout participating in Jamboree will leave Southern WV with memories that will last their lifetime. This project also allows the scouts to 
leave a lasting legacy on Beckley."