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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Cemeteries, Calvary Cemetery,
West Conshohocken, PA

Soil Management Project, Section 16 – This long-term project included the design of a controlled filling operation with an E&S plan that manages the runoff and site access for the ongoing dirt dumping operation within the cemetery for a projected 3-year time frame.

The client was concerned with the ever increasing liability and responsibilities of managing on-site fill operations in a controlled manner within the cemeteries to decrease run-off and increase environmental stewardship. Previous practices were uncontrolled which allowed for soils to migrate into sensitive watershed areas and drainage systems and be susceptible to possible scrutiny by local municipalities and environmental agencies who are becoming increasingly proactive in the enforcement of environmental regulations for cemeteries.

With that in mind, CF Gorski developed a four stage grading plan that would add a varying layer of fill to this 2.5 acre section that is made up of individual sectors with their own erosion and sediment controls and access points that can be restaged as filling operations progress. CF worked with Lower Merion Township and with the Montgomery County Conservation District to gain approval of the long-term plan and continues to manage the project for the Diocese.

  Erosion and sediment controls in place with filling operation underway


Rock construction entrance


Protective fencing around mature trees


 
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