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Delaware (SE): Garrett Hill Coalition, Grant Amount: $4,100

Project Title: Managing Stormwater in Our Backyards: Valley Run, Radnor Township
Contact: Paul Overbeck 610-283-8775, Email: overbeck1@verizon.net
Contact: Sara Pilling 610-283-8775, Email: sfpillbox@gmail.com
Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Education to prevent Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollution 2012-2013
Partners: Radnor Township; Garrett Hill Community Enhancement Trust; Memorial Library of Radnor Township; Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership; Delaware Riverkeeper Network; Aqua Pennsylvania; Chanticleer, A Pleasure Garden; Bryn Mawr Boy Scout Troop #19
Focus: The partners will demonstrate a range of practical solutions that can be implemented by the community and individuals to help improve water quality by reducing storm water impacts. The project involves conducting two educational workshops about Valley Run and other local streams, where they flow and how they can be protected. Workdays are planned to establish rain barrel and rain garden demonstration sites, install interpretive signs and conduct seasonal buffer zone and garden maintenance. Evaluation strategies will involve tracking the number of workshop/workday attendees, the quantity of material and other information requested, and the number of website hits. Pre and Post meeting questionnaires will be distributed during workshops. The partners will also monitor the number of rain gardens, rain barrels, and other demonstration techniques being installed on community-owned and individual properties.

Read Garrett Hill Coalition Summary about their Stormwater project presented at Radnor Township Public Meeting 10/15/13

Green Treks Network, Inc.   Grant Amount:  $5,000
(Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia)

Project Title: Students Create Stormwater BMP’s: Education in Action                   

Contact:  Brie Knight 215-545-5880. Email: bknight@greentreks.org                                  

Funding Source: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2011-2012

Partners:  Overbrook Environmental Education Center, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Water Department

Focus: This project will create a video about students learning, implementing, maintaining, and transferring their knowledge to local residents about a variety of stormwater best management practices in an “ultra-urban” environmental outreach center in a combined sewer overflow neighborhood in West Philadelphia.  The video will available on DVD, GreenTreks’ EcoExpress.org online resource center for educators, and various community watershed-based websites.

Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association, Grant Amount: $5,000

Project Title: Stormwater Basin Naturalization Outreach and Demonstration             

Funding Source: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2010-2011

Contact:  Anne Murphy 610-892-8731   Email: crc@nni.com

Partners:  Concord Township-Delaware, Newtown Township-Delaware, Thornbury Township-Delaware, Yerkes Associates, Aqua Pennsylvania, Taylor Geoservices, Inc., Cobblestones at Thornbury, Fox Hill Farm

Focus: Partners will work with four communities to modify stormwater basins using native plantings to improve water infiltration and reduce sediment pollution.  The project includes two guided site tours, retrofitting two traditionally designed stormwater basins, review of basin maintenance agreements, creation of a “How to Retrofit Your Basin” step by step written guide, and hosting a retrofitting workshop.

Swarthmore Rutledge School
Installed a rain barrel, stand, and educational sign and developed a brochure and an introductory memo with a $300 WEPP Opportunity Grant. brooke.penders@verizon.net

Nether Providence Township, Delaware Co, $5,000

Project Title Rain Garden Demonstration and Education

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2008-2009

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Crum Creek and Ridley Creek

Partners: Chester-Ridley-Crum Creek Watersheds Association

Focus: install and promote two demonstration raingardens (sign) on municipal properties, present educational programs (two) and produce and distribute printed materials to residents explaining how to install their own rain garden and other watershed protection activities they can that will protect the Crum Creek and Ridley Creek.

Read their Final Report.

Contact:  SheaBrianna Christilaw 610-566-4516 schristilaw@netherprovidence.org


Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Delaware and Montgomery counties, $5000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2007-2008
Project Title:  Stormwater Facility Operation and Maintenance Program
Area to be protected: Delaware and Schuykill rivers

Partners: Delaware County Conservation District, Montgomery County Conservation District, Swarthmore Borough and Yeadon Borough

Focus: develop a guide (MAINTAINING STORMWATER BASINS ON YOUR PROPERTY) and hold workshops to educate public works department staff and commercial property owners in Delaware and Montgomery Counties on the inspection, operating, repair and retrofit procedures for stormwater management facilities that are necessary to minimize nonpoint source pollution in the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. 

Contact:  Paul Racette, 215-592-7020x112 or pracette@pecpa.org;

or Carol Meyers, 215-592-7020x100 or cmeyers@pecpa.org

Pennsylvania Resources Council, Delaware County, $3,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Source Water Protection Project 2007-2008
Project Title:  Stormwater Management/Source Water Protection for Marple Township and Borough of Swarthmore
Area to be protected: Ridley, Crum Creek
Partners:  Aqua Pennsylvania, Delaware County Conservation District, Marple Township and Borough of Swarthmore

Focus:  hold two workshops for residents of Marple Township and the Borough of Swarthmore to educate about stormwater management and pollution issues emphasizing how the use of rainbarrels can minimize polluted runoff from entering the area's drinking water source, Crum Creek. 

Read the Final Report (including pictures).

Contact:  Mario Cimino , 610-353-1555 x221, cimino@prc.org

Pennsylvania Resources Council, Delaware County, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2006-2007
Project Title:  Rain Barrel and Stormwater Community Education
Area to be protected: Ridley, Cum and Darby creeks
Partners:  Delaware County Conservation District, Upper Providence Township, Radnor Township

Focus:   hold workshops for homeowners and businesses of Radnor and Upper Providence Townships illustrating how rain gardens and rain barrels can lower the amount of stormwater runoff during rain events and significantly curtail the amount of nonpoint source pollution entering the Darby Creek, Ridley Creek, and Crum Creek. Develop a brochure.

Contact:  Lynn McConville, 610-353-1555 x221, mcconville@prc.org


Southeast Project Grass.  Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton and Schuykill counties, $4,950

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2006-2007
Project Title: Southeast Project Grass Grazing and Pasture Management Planner
Area to be protected: Delaware and Susquehanna watersheds
Partners: Natural Resources Conservation Service, Penn State Cooperative Extension and Reading Area Water Authority
Focus: develop a 12-month Grazing and Pasture Management Planner illustrating Best Management Practices of pasture management that have shown to be effective at lowering pollution to drinking water supplies.

Contact: Dan Ludwig, dan.ludwig@pa.usda.gov

Borough of Media, Delaware County; $ 4,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2005-2006
Project Title:  Media Tree Management and Stormwater Reduction Project
Area to be protected: Ridley Creek
Partners: Stroud Water Reserach Center, Gillen Associates

Focus: create and distribute customized educational packets aimed at homeowners, local officials, developers, realtors, and nurseries about how each can reduce nonpoint source pollution in Ridley Creek using tree and plant management techniques to control the amount and quality of stormwater runoff.

Contact: Judy Fowler, (610) 566-5210, email: judymedia@acn.net

Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Assn. Delaware, Chester counties; $5,000

Project Title: Ridley Creek Watershed Homeowners Outreach Program

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title: Ridley Creek Watershed Homeowners Outreach Program
Area to be protected: Ridley Creek Watershed
Partners: Natural Lands Trust, Nether Providence, Middletown, East Goshen, Willistown, Edgemont, Ridley, Upper Providence townships

Focus: use reference materials, displays, local cable television access, website postings, and workshops for homeowner groups to promote best watershed stewardship practices that will reduce nonpoint source pollution the Ridley Creek watershed.

Contact: Anne Murphy, 610-892-8731, email: crc@nni.com

Natural Lands Trust, Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, Philadelphia counties; $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title:  Water Supplier Lands Project
Area to be protected:  Source waters in SEPA
Partners: Natural Lands Trust, Philadelphia Water Dept, Heritage Conservancy, Brandywine Conservancy and Clean Water Action PA

Focus: highlight to local environmental organizations and municipal officials the need to protect buffer lands for public drinking water supply systems in the Delaware River Basin before they are sold for development. Produce a booklet on water supply lands.

Contact: David Harper, 610-353-5587,  email: dharper@natlands.org


Natural Lands Trust, Inc., Delaware & Chester counties, $4,900

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Water Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: A Guide to Protecting Your Watershed
Area to be protected: the Crum Creek Waterhsed
Partners: Natural Lands Trust, Inc & Crum Creek Watershed Partnership
Focus: develop and distribe a watershed poster/brochure about the Crum Creek and develope a template for others to use.
Contact: David Harper, 610-353-5587, email: dharper@natlands.org


Chester Ridley Crum Watershed Assn, Chester and Delaware counties, $4,890

Chester and Ridley Creeks Watersheds Monitoring and Educational Project
Area(s) to be protected:
Chester and Ridley Creeks
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Drinking Water Source Water Protection Projects - 2001

Partner(s): Widener University, Thornbury Twp, Chester Co Water Resources Auth, Delaware Co Inst. of Science, Philadelphia Suburban Water Co, Willistown Twp Env. Advisory Council, Swarthmore College, and Edgmont Twp
Focus: Present water quality data collected to citizens in the community and provide watershed posters to fourth and seventh grade classrooms.
Contact: Eunice Alexander, 610.692.0923, email: ela6@bellatlantic.net

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