Waterman Center recently announced a transformative new project at their nature center in Apalachin, N.Y. They will be breaking ground on a facility that will demonstrate various techniques for storm water management. It will include a variety of water pervious surfaces in their parking lot and a series of vegetated retention ponds and wetland areas to purify runoff before reaching the area’s sensitive waterways.
A meandering path will connect exhibits on water quality, flood prevention, and erosion distributed between wooded meadows, pools, and storm water installations.
More frequent extreme weather events expose the entire Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay watershed system to flooding and pollution. Visitors to the new immersive exhibit will investigate how these techniques can minimize these impacts and how they might be employed at their homes and businesses.
This project was made possible in partnership with a Green Innovation Grant Program award from the NYS Environmental Facilities Council (EFC) and with a growing list of funders and supporters including The Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation, The Community Foundation of South Central New York, BAE, Upstate Shredding, Taylor Garbage, and others.
The Waterman Center is grateful for planning, design, and construction services provided by Delta Engineers and Architects, and F.P. Kane Construction. Waterman Center is still seeking funding for some components of this project. If you would like to help fund this project as a supporter, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center, along with Tioga County’s Chamber of Commerce, is inviting media and other representatives from several local governments and environmental agencies that have supported this project to a groundbreaking on Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Center, located at 403 Hilton Rd. in Apalachin.