On January 30, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) celebrated PISCES recognition for the former NVF facility in Yorklyn. DNREC’s new water quality project at the site was recognized as an Exceptional Project by U.S. EPA, one of five such projects nationwide, for its excellence and innovation in Clean Water Infrastructure.
Financing under a $3.3 million Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan was provided to DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances to remove zinc-contaminated soils and create the two-acre wetland by replacing industrial-contaminated soils with clean fill material and topsoil. Through the annual Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) Recognitions, EPA award acknowledges excellence and innovation within the CWSRF.
“We are honored to receive the PISCES award,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “This new wetland is the centerpiece of the site, which will help improve water quality, mitigate flooding, create habitat, and support the economic redevelopment of the Yorklyn area with unique historical, educational, commercial, and conservation elements. These lands have been combined with an adjacent state park preserve encompassing more than 400 acres managed by DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation for walking, biking, jogging, and horseback riding.”