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We have received many calls regarding work being done at Finn Park. The Town's Highway Department is currently constructing a stormwater control pond that the Town received funding for, from the Stormwater Coalition of Monroe County. This is being done to help alleviate downstream flooding and improve water quality. Below are the site plans which show the scope of the project, along with an explanation from Highway Superintendent, Joe Herbst.
Finn Park Project Update:
The Town of Webster was approached approximately 7 years ago by GFLRPC (Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Committee) and the DEC regarding the possibility of a water management facility that could intercept some volumes off Shipbuilders Creek, with the possibility of adding some water quality features as well.Knowing all of our watersheds are on the 303D list and the Shipbuilders Creek is the most vulnerable because of erosive soils and slopes, we chose to investigate Shipbuilders Creek. It took us months to walk and research.The first order of business was finding Town owned lands and conditions that would be conducive to installing such an amenity. After already installing one at Empire Park, this looked to be the most feasible for what we we're looking for. After much investigation, this site offered itself up for the most feasible for capturing the water quantity and quality.After much collaboration with the DEC and Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation, we hired an engineering firm to come up with the plans. After years of engineering and paperwork protocol, it has come to fruition to install the Water Management Facility for both water quantity and water quality. This facility lies between Empire Park and the Hills Pond dam. It was not due to up land development, but rather the water quality degradation of the stream ecosystem. Additionally, all the lands were already developed and have been for decades.We have all the environmental approvals from DEC, Army Corps of Engineers and SHPO. We have the NOI and all the Phase 2 MS4 compliance criteria addressed as well. We have our contracts and municipal agreements in place.A water Management Facility that provides water quality is an allowed use on Town lands and within a Park District. More so if, and when the property is ever developed, even for recreational use, this would be a requirement per EPA Phase II regulations.This project has been 7+ years in the making, it was not an overnight adventure due to recent development.Shipbuilders Creek along with Millcreek and Four Mile Creek are all on the 303D list, meaning they are known to have higher levels of Nitrogen and Phosphate loading. While this is not necessarily a good thing, it does make us more eligible for federal and state funding to improve water quality.