Remedy sought for old town dump problems

The Valley Banner

ELKTON — The town is planning to move forward with a remedy for the old town dump, which has been leaching into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

Public Works Director Troy Shifflett said the planned remedy — which involves placing 30-foot trees with their root systems in the bank of the river — will build on work done in the early 1990s.

Shifflett said the same type of remedy was tried then and worked well where it was placed.

“Where they stopped (before), it’s eroding,” he said, noting the river changed course over the years and eroded into the bank where it was not previously remedied.

Pham Chopra has agreed to donate some 500 trees at least 10 to 12 inches in diameter to the effort, Shifflett said.

The project will involve digging into the bank behind the county waste transfer station, laying the trees into the ground “as tight as they can get them” and adding riprap rock and dirt.

No contract has been approved yet, but council in March agreed to contribute up to $283,000 to the project in order to try to procure a $100,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Shifflett said Shenandoah Streamworks of Weyers Cave, which worked on the initial project, would likely be approved for the job.

Shifflett said the town requested bids for the project and only received two, one of which was incomplete.

Shenandoah Streamworks’ estimate was around $250,000, Shifflett said. The final price may depend on how much trash needs to be hauled away.

Shifflett projected that the project may not start until September, at the earliest.

The area, which could be slated for a park in the future, is located just north of where a proposed greenway that would follow Elk Run Creek ends at the river.

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