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Lower Gwynedd township has become the 24thAudubon Bird Townin Pennsylvania and the fifth in Montgomery County. The township’s environmental committee, Gwynedd Green, will work closely with Audubon Pennsylvania and community partners to provide information to residents on ways to create healthier, more sustainable and bird-friendly landscapes while addressing issues such as stormwater management and pesticide usage.
The township is in the Wissahickon watershed, an area of land that contains quality habitat and a critical part of the Atlantic Flyway, the super-highway of bird migration. Lower Gwynedd, with its open space, trail system, and wooded developments, provides rich resources to wildlife and opportunities for people experience nature in their backyard and beyond.
Homes and other properties can be an important part of healthy habitat and can be recognized through Audubon’sBird Habitat Network; residents can register their property, learn more about how to care for the nature around them, and receive incentives such as a business discount card. Homeowners can go tohttp://pa.audubon.organd select the “register your yard” button to start. There is useful information on the website to help you improve your ecological footprint.
Stewardship workshops, bird walks, and other presentations are being scheduled forBird Townresidents. Please check the website and be sure to like us on Facebook (birdtownpa) where updates are posted.
Audubon is proud to be working with Lower Gwynedd Township and looks forward to many years of nature education and improved landscapes for birds and people! For more information, please contact Steven Saffier of the Gwynedd Green Committee firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You want to live in a township that offers great schools, diverse and attractive housing stock, reasonable taxes, very little crime, easy access to both Philadelphia and more rural parts of Montgomery and Bucks Counties, convenient shopping and lots of woods, streams, and trails and parks-just like Lower Gwynedd.
Lower Gwynedd is such a desirable place to live that our population has been growing: according to census figures, the township had 12.3% more households (and 9.4% more people) in 2010 compared to 2000. In many ways, population growth benefits our township. For example, it means higher tax revenues to support township initiatives and justifies more diverse small business development. Population growth also brings challenges, including environmental ones.
There are the obvious traffic issues as well as the air and water pollution associated with higher concentrations of automobiles and land development and redevelopment projects.
Stormwater runoff presents numerous challenges. Stormwater runoff is water that originates during precipitation from rainfall or snowmelt that moves over ground during and immediately following a storm and does not infiltrate into the ground. In a watershed undergoing land development, such as Lower Gwynedd Township, the amount of stormwater runoff after a rainfall event can increase significantly! More impervious surfaces such as pavement, driveways, buildings, and parking lots prevents runoff from infiltrating into the ground.
Even more problematic are the long-term effects of increasing amounts of natural habitat being turned into impermeable surfaces such as roads, driveways, parking lots and buildings. Some examples:
Stormwater runoff and management also costs homeowners! Stormwater quickly flows and can flood areas downstream from developed land, which can damage homes and businesses, flood septic system drain fields and overwhelm streams and wetlands. There are the non-financial costs as well, including more frequent flooding of roads and damage to infrastructure.
In addition, failure to properly manage runoff can lead to flooding which can cause greater stream channel erosion. Naturalized landscapes, trees, shrubs, gardens, riparian buffers and vegetative lawns (rather than impervious surfaces) help to slow down rainfall, allowing it to gradually soak into the ground and recharge aquifers.
The Township places special emphasis on stormwater management, and has a lot of useful information on this issue and what you can do to mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff. Click onto the following links for additional information:
In addition to the Township's ongoing efforts, the Gwynedd Green Committee's main focus over the next few months will be on helping Township residents take steps to reduce stormwater runoff. Naturalized landscapes help to filter and absorb runoff while providing important localized habitats for birds and butterflies and beneficial insects such as bees.
Another website to visit to gather information for stormwater runoff visit the EPA website they have a video listed on this page "Reduce Runoff: Slow it Down, Spread it Out, Soak it In"
Below are the pages found within the GwyneddGreen section.