In The Field – Dirt, Gravel, Low Volume Road Program

Harsh winters and heavy spring and summer rains have aggravated erosion problems along some area roadways. While most people notice the potholes and difficult driving conditions on the road, District staff see waterways that are negatively impacted by dirt and gravel carried off the roads by stormwater and snowmelt.

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The Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Program, administered by the District, provides funding to municipalities to help fix these problem roads which will improve water quality.

Low volume road Chelsea and worker

In Murrysville, Chelsea Walker, Westmoreland Conservation District Watershed Technician, worked with municipal staff to perform an inventory and evaluation along Maiolie Road. Together, they determined the best and most cost effective repairs for the road. Murrysville will use funding that it received from the District’s Low Volume Road Program to make those repairs later this year.


The District’s next Dirt, Gravel, Low Volume Road Program grant application period will open on Sept. 1, 2015 and close on Oct. 30, 2015. Click here for more information:

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