Storm Water Runoff

Storm water that cannot infiltrate asphalt, concrete, and other paved or compacted surfaces will runoff to local waterways, taking everything on those surfaces along with it. Storm water runoff pollution contains chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria, road salt, engine fluids, eroded soils, and debris, and creates 30% of all water quality impairments in the Schuylkill Watershed.

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  • Green Guide for Property Management

    A guide to help large property owners identify innovative green projects to reduce stormwater pollution.

  • Limerick Elementary School SAS Riparian Planting

    On October 17th, 2011, participants in the Schuylkill Action Students program at Limerick Elementary School installed a riparian buffer on their School Campus.

  • Umani Creek Headwaters Project

    This first order headwater tributary of the Unami Creek (Perkiomen Watershed) is located within a generally rural farming community in Milford Township, Bucks County. Prior farming practices on an adjacent farm parcel included a plowing regimen that flushed stormwater run-off directly into the tributary carrying sediments, fertilizers and other farm chemicals to the Unami. Heavy sedimentation and invasive plants redirected the stream channel causing local flooding during most storm events. The goal of the project was to restore this tributary to its original stream channel and reclaim its riparian buffer.

  • Greening Greenfield Stormwater Project

    The Albert M. Greenfield School is an elementary school in center city Philadelphia. They received a grant in 2010 from the Philadelphia Water Department funding for $50,000 to complete a storm-water management project in their south schoolyard.

  • Outdoor Classroom Workshop for Educators

    On August 11th, 2010, SAN partners held a outdoor classroom workshop, educating watershed teachers on ways to incorporate watershed Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as Riparian Buffers, Rain Gardens, and Woodland Gardens, into their classroom curriculum. The one-day program covered topics such as Habitat Creation on Campus, Streamside Restoration, Outdoor Lessons & Cross-Curriculum Integration, and Funding and Partnership Opportunities.

  • StormwaterPA

    StormwaterPA is a collaborative effort that highlights storm water management innovations – and provides developers, municipal officials, and engineers with the tools to transform local runoff problems from unwanted nuisance into beneficial resource.

  • Guide to Stormwater Management on School Campuses

    Distributed to schools, colleges and universities throughout the region, the full-color Guide instructs campuses in the watershed to better manage stormwater on their properties by implementing Best Management Practices such as rain gardens, rain barrels, tree planting and meadow installation, and environmentally-friendly maintenance practices.

  • Springside School Rain Garden

    Students transformed a paved traffic circle into a working rain garden, calming trqaffic problems and preventing heated parking lot runoff pollution from entering the Wissahickon Creek. Other rain gardens and student-created sculptural installations addressed runoff from the school roofs.

  • Spring Ford High School

    One acre in size, a traditional detention basin on the school campus drained 65 acres of parking lots and playing fields. Retrofitting the large basin slowed stormwater runoff volume and pollution to the Mingo Creek.

  • Norristown Farm Park

    An eroding stream bank was stabilized and replanted using erosion-control tubes filled with a composted growing medium. Despite being under water several times, the fully vegetated berm is holding strong and continues to protect the Stony Creek from erosion at this site.

  • Green Lane Reservoir

    The Green Lane Reservoir supplies drinking water to the town of East Greenville, but increased upstream development intensified stormwater runoff, and threatened to increase water quality impairment. A reforestation project took place to slow the destructive force and filter pollutants from the runoff.

  • Norristown Area School District

    Working on two school campuses bordering a full mile of the Stony Creek,The NASD improved stormwater management by restoring a riparian buffer and retrofitting two retaining basins.

  • Brookside Country Club

    Golf requires huge land parcels in the Schuylkill Watershed, where there are 79 courses covering 12,000 acres, with 21 miles of streams running through them. Inspired by fish struggling for survival in Sprogels Run, the supervisor at the Brookside Country Club took on a stream restoration project that challenged traditional land management and introduced club members, students, and other golf course managers to efficient and effective stormwater Best Management Practices.