HRG and Land Studies Preparing Pollution Reduction Plan for Paxton Creek

Posted On On: March 26, 2017 Categories Filed Under: Member News

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. is partnering with Land Studies, Inc. to prepare a TMDL plan for Paxton Creek beginning in the spring of 2017.

A TMDL plan is like a “pollution diet” for the Paxton Creek watershed. The plan will outline how much sediment is in the creek now, identify potential sources of that pollution, and provide strategies for reducing sedimentation to safer levels by a specified deadline. The overall goal of the TMDL plan is to help municipalities  within the watershed (including Penbrook Borough) comply with relevant state and federal regulations while improving the health of Paxton Creek.

HRG was involved in the preparation of the Paxton Creek Watershed TMDL Strategy in December 2015 and is the retained engineer for Capital Region Water (CRW), Susquehanna Township, and Lower Paxton Township. These experiences provide HRG with historical knowledge of the pollution issues within the watershed that other firms do not have. LandStudies has the state’s first Certified Professional in Municipal Stormwater Management (CPMSM), who is well-versed in writing TMDL plans and assisting municipalities with their stormwater pollution problems.

Together, HRG and LandStudies have over 50 years of experience serving municipal clients on water quality needs and requirements, including the development of cost-effective TMDL plans. They look forward to working together and collaborating with CRW, Susquehanna Township, and Lower Paxton Township to clean up the Paxton Creek watershed.

“HRG was thrilled with the announcement that our team was selected for this important work.”, said Matt Bonanno, P.E., the Civil Practice Area Leader for HRG. “We are excited to continue to partner with LandStudies to bring value-added and cost-effective water quality solutions to our clients. Our team is looking forward to the challenge of improving the quality of water in Paxton Creek for all stakeholders who live, work, and play within the watershed.”

LandStudies’ President, Kelly Gutshall, echoed those sentiments. “We look forward to expanding our work in Dauphin County and the Paxton Creek watershed, where multiple municipalities and organizations are working collaboratively to address stormwater pollution. This will be a perfect opportunity for our staff to enhance and improve the watershed and all the communities that depend on it.”


Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is a nationally ranked design firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients.  The firm has offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.  For more information, please visit the website at


Land Studies, Inc.  is a women-owned business that specializes in ecological restoration and design.  It is headquartered in Lititz, PA. For more information about the firm, visit its website at