Highland Park bioswale damaged by snow plow

  • The bioswale after being plowed earlier this month. Contributed photo/Philip Elmer

Recorder Staff
Monday, December 25, 2017

GREENFIELD — The town’s Department of Public Works plans to repair a bioswale at Highland Park that was damaged by a snow plow during last week’s storm.

The bioswale — a landscape element designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water — wasn’t fully established, according to DPW Director Don Ouellette, who said the plantings hadn’t yet taken.

“We’ll be fixing it in the spring; the guys went out there and the first time they plowed last week, there were some icy conditions and they went off one part of it,” he said.

The DPW regraded the area, added new material and constructed the bioswale last month. Ouellette said posts will likely be installed so the area doesn’t get damaged again.