Large-Scale Stormwater Projects

Scioto Creek Stormwater Demonstration Project 
Upper Frederick Township
3205 Big Road, Obelisk, PA

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This constructed wetland project behind the township building has been in the making for quite a while.  A lot of work has gone into the planning process and construction!  
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Constructed wetlands are shallow marsh systems with native plants and they are one of the best practices to reduce stormwater runoff and remove pollutants.  Besides improving the water quality of Scioto Creek, this wetland will offer other major environmental benefits like recharging groundwater and providing habitat for native wildlife.  It will also be used for educational purposes as a demonstration of proper stormwater management.

This large-scale stormwater project is being completed with funding from the PA Department of Environmental Protection and the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund.

Mayfield Estates

Mayfield Estates Community, Perkiomen Township

It began with just one stormwater basin in the Mayfield Estates community  in May of 2008.  By the end of October, 2010 over 87 Mayfield Estates residents had "naturalized" all seven of their stormwater basins by planting them with almost 1000 trees, shrubs and flowering perennials. Now, instead of mown grass, the basins are filled with native plants that slow down, filter and absorb stormwater. The water absorbed into the ground helps recharge groundwater, which provides water for our forests, streams and wells. The plants attract valuable wildlife, such as birds and butterflies.  In fall 2013, 125 more native trees and shrubs were planted in the basins. 

 

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 Vineyards Community, Upper Hanover Township 

This community in Pennsburg worked with us to re-grade its three stormwater basins and plant them with 111 native trees and shrubs, as well as 3000 perennials!  Volunteers spent 850 hours to make this project a success.  The basins are holding onto more water before discharging to the Macoby Creek, allowing more time for the water to be filtered of pollutants.  And there are plenty of birds, frogs, butterflies and other beneficial insects enjoying the new habitat space.  Residents of the community were also educated about the many ways to protect our streams from stormwater pollution.

 VINEYARDS BASIN BEFORE

VINEYARDS BASIN BEFORE

 VINEYARDS BASIN PLANTING

VINEYARDS BASIN PLANTING

 VINEYARDS BASIN AFTER

VINEYARDS BASIN AFTER