The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

June 15, 2013

Beckley Sanitary Board

Thomas H. Keyser Memorial Rain Garden started

Ground was broken Friday to mark construction of the Thomas H. Keyser Memorial Rain Garden in the traffic island at the intersection of Holliday, Painter and Tolley drives in Maxwell Hill.

Partnering with the Boy Scouts of America 2013 National Scout Jamboree and Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia, the project kicked off the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative in Raleigh County where Scouts will perform 300,000 hours of community service in five days throughout nine counties in southern West Virginia.

The rain garden will serve as a memorial to Thomas H. Keyser, who was a 28-year Sanitary Board member and president of Maxwell-Keyser Plumbing & Heating.

“Tom Keyser was a fine gentleman, who served BSB admirably from 1981 to 2009. He, along with others, oversaw numerous improvements during his tenure on BSB’s board and played a key role in insuring future generations’ wastewater needs will be met and the quality of our local waterways protected,” Sanitary Board General Manager, Jeremiah Johnson said.

“It’s rare in today’s world to find humble community servants like Tom who spend decades working on issues they believe in. It is with gratitude that we celebrate the mark he left upon our community.”

Remembered as an avid runner with a heart of gold, Keyser was an inspiration to his friends and family because of his dedication to healthy living. Likewise, this rain garden will provide a lasting impact on the health of the environment and community by helping to reduce neighborhood flood risk potential as well as pollution entering our local streams.

Stormwater runoff forms when rain falls onto paved surfaces, like parking lots and roadways. As runoff travels across these surfaces, it becomes polluted by chemicals, trash and anything else in its path, before discharging, untreated, into nearby creeks and streams.

“While runoff pollution occurs in rural and agricultural settings, urban and suburban landscapes greatly enhance the problem because of the large amounts of paved surfaces,” Kara Van Pelt, Sanitary Board education and communication coordinator explained.

“Because conventional stormwater infrastructure is designed to quickly convey runoff downstream, the risk of the pollution and flooding usually increases with storm sewers. That’s why BSB uses green infrastructure, when possible, to mimic the natural water cycle and lessen the strain on our water resources.”

Since 2007, BSB stormwater program has been adopting green methods that use natural elements in lieu of pipes, like soil and vegetation to slow runoff and filter out pollutants while replenishing the underground water table.

The Thomas H. Memorial Rain Garden will mark the 19th rain garden within the City of Beckley, which leads the state in the adoption of green infrastructure.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Manchin says mines should speak out about coal

    The Democratic senator leading the battle against the White House’s strategy to fight climate change urged the mining industry on Tuesday to speak out about coal’s role in providing affordable, reliable electricity to the country to help combat strict new emissions rules for coal-fired power plants.

    April 16, 2014

  • Raleigh’s $19.6 million budget approved at special meeting

    Raleigh County’s $19.6 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15 is on the books. The budget and the levy rate were approved at a special county commission meeting Tuesday morning.

    April 16, 2014

  • Rainelle Town Council pulls plans to annex roads

    Residents of several communities in Greenbrier County can rest assured they won’t be affected by a proposed road annexation after Rainelle Town Council decided not to move forward with the plan.

    April 16, 2014

  • Calendar — Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    April 16, 2014

  • City and county code enforcement offices separate

    After 10 years of partnership, the City of Beckley and the Raleigh County Code Enforcement offices have decided to part ways.
    Mayor Bill O’Brien said after several meetings with county commissioners, the groups decided to separate.

    April 16, 2014

  • Learn about advance directives at RGH

    Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day and personnel will be available at Raleigh General Hospital from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to anyone interested in learning more about advance directives or who are ready to prepare them at no cost.

    April 16, 2014

  • Greenbrier Valley Famer’s market to open

    The Greenbrier Valley Farmers Market will be opening for the 2014 season Saturday at its “green space” on the corner of Arbuckle Lane and U.S. 219 in downtown Lewisburg.

    April 16, 2014

  • Oak Hill council discusses vacant buildings

    Oak Hill City Council met in regular session Monday to talk ordinance adoption and smoking issues reported in Oak Hill City Park, which was an issue recently raised to Oak Hill City Manager Bill Hannabass.

    April 16, 2014

  • Beckley’s emergency preparedness efforts still ongoing

    Although the City of Beckley Director of Emergency Services position was eliminated two months ago, the county is continuing Kevin Taylor’s emergency preparedness efforts.

    April 16, 2014

  • Old GHS building may get new life

    A Ronceverte school building that was shuttered by consolidation in 1992 may find new life as apartments for senior citizens, if plans floated by a Kentucky development firm come to fruition.

    April 16, 2014

AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide