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Construction Underway on Downtown Crozet Stormwater Project

Albemarle County officials are announcing the beginning of construction for the Downtown Crozet Stormwater Management Project to improve the quality of runoff from Crozet’s Downtown district before it enters Powell’s Creek, helping to preserve one of the healthiest streams within Albemarle County’s development areas.  The stormwater management project also provides greater support for development in Downtown Crozet, since the County-controlled construction of the stormwater system eliminates the need for future developers to provide on-site stormwater management. 

Construction activities began October 17, and are scheduled to end May 28, 2012.  The majority of the work will take place on a County-owned parcel of land adjacent to Powell’s Creek and Crozet Avenue, having a minimal impact on the community.  This project also occurs in conjunction with the road work on Jarman’s Gap Road, taking advantage of closing to complete construction on the drainage channel that will run north from Powell’s Creek to Jarman’s Gap Road. 

One of the most unique design features of the project is the combination of stream channel enhancements and an off-line wetland within the stormwater drainage system.  The look and function of the management system mimics those naturally occurring in the environment, improving water quality while lessening the ecological impact of the work. 

Almost $500,000 of the total project cost of $1.2 million came from state and local grants as well as local contributions.

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