Public Works staff has a plan, to formalize that plan we recently received a 2020 Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant to help create an Urban Forest Management Plan as well as a cost-share grant aimed at helping purchase additional trees to replace ones that have been lost.
What happens to the ash trees in Harrisonburg.
The City will be hosting a volunteer tree planting opportunity at Northend Greenway. Members of the community are invited to participate in the tree planting event.
Learn about septic system maintenance, how to improve local water quality, and financial assistance will be available for septic system repairs and maintenance.
Stormwater runoff was causing severe erosion next to one of the bridges in Purcell Park. The area was regraded, concrete was poured where the gully used to be, and rip-rap was added for reinforcement. Jute mesh was put down and the area was seeded with a native seed mix.
Project Date: Spring 2018
Partners: City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Department of Forestry
Funding: Grant funding from the Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant
Volunteers: Harrisonburg BSA Troop 40
30 trees were planted next to Purcell Park Pond, along Blacks Run. The trees extend the riparian buffer area and provide added filtration of stormwater and provide positive impacts to the water quality in the stream.
Volunteers and city staff planted 20 trees at Thomas Harrison Middle School on October 4, 2018. The trees were planted along the sidewalk as well as the road leading up to the middle school and will provide shade, stormwater uptake, and habitat for native fauna.
Please join us for a stream clean up in Purcell Park on Saturday, September 15.
Please join us for a stream clean up in downtown Harrisonburg on Thursday, August 30.
Citizens are invited to attend the open house at Thomas Harrison Middle School to learn more about the stormwater projects and how the school will use stormwater utility fee funds to improve local water quality and meet federal and state requirements.