City of Conway Receives $2,065,125 for McKeithan Watershed Stormwater Improvements

City of Conway Receives $2,065,125 for McKeithan Watershed Stormwater Improvements

Conway, SC (June 20, 2024) - The City of Conway is pleased to announce the receipt of $2,065,125 in funding for the McKeithan Watershed Stormwater Improvements project. This critical funding is provided by the South Carolina Office of Resilience (SCOR), appropriated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds by the South Carolina General Assembly. The project aims to significantly mitigate the impact of flooding in the Conway area.

The McKeithan Watershed Stormwater Improvements project will introduce an additional 20 acres (3,900,000 cubic feet) of flood water storage adjacent to Crabtree Canal. This initiative is designed to serve approximately 178 acres of developed residential and commercial areas within the City of Conway, which will drain directly into the newly constructed storage area before discharging into Crabtree Canal. This enhancement in flood water storage capacity is a proactive measure to manage stormwater and reduce flood risks for the community.

In addition to increasing flood water storage, the project includes the incorporation of wetland shelves within the design of the flood storage pond. These wetland shelves will play a crucial role in improving water quality by providing natural filtration, allowing pollutants to be removed from the water before it enters Crabtree Canal. This aspect of the project not only supports flood management but also contributes to the environmental health of the watershed.

Moreover, the McKeithan Watershed Stormwater Improvements project will create valuable wildlife habitats and offer recreational opportunities for residents. The site will feature trails and spaces for community activities, promoting outdoor engagement and enhancing the quality of life for Conway residents.
McKeithan Watershed Concept Plan

“We are grateful for the support from the South Carolina General Assembly and the South Carolina Office of Resilience,” said Mary Catherine Hyman,  Deputy City Administrator. “This funding will enable us to continue to make significant strides in flood mitigation, water quality improvement, and community development. The McKeithan Watershed Stormwater Improvements project is a vital step toward a more resilient and sustainable Conway.”

The City of Conway, SC will host a public meeting on June 25, 2024, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the Conway Planning and Development and Construction Services Building, 196 Laurel Street. The South Carolina Office of Resilience and engineer firm Bolton and Menk will be providing information about the project, answer questions, and address any concerns from the public.
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