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Boy Scouts work to complete new rain garden in Beckley

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Boy Scouts are helping to complete Beckley's newest rain garden, Thursday.

Scouts are teaming up with personnel from Beckley Sanitary Board to complete the Thomas H. Keyser rain garden.   

This volunteer effort is part of the Reaching the Summit Service Initiative taking place throughout Southern W.Va.

Scouts are arriving midmorning at the project site.  Its located at the intersection of Tolley, Painter and Holliday Drive in the Maxwell Hill neighborhood.    They'll learn a lesson about the importance of using green infrastructure to manage urban runoff, sanitary board crews will direct the scouts to landscape with plants and sod, lay stone, construct a walking path, and install fencing.

The rain garden is Beckley's 19th.   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 storm water utility fees.  The rain garden is dedicated to the memory of Thomas H. Keyser, a former sanitary board member that served for 29 years.

"The Beckley Sanitary Board 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 the 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," said Jeremiah Johnson, General manager of the Beckley Sanitary Board.