To educate, facilitate and promote awareness of sustainable practices within Lower Gwynedd Township and the greater community.
Lower Gwynedd Township residents dedicated to ensuring a greater quality of life for our community through educational outreach, involvement and best practices.
The Committee is planning an informative day of activities on April 20, 2013 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. The Stormwater Soak It In! community event will take place on the grounds of the Ingersoll/Claytor House located on Old Bethlehem Pike, behind the Lower Gwynedd Township administration building.
Participants to include the following organizations:
We would like to thank those businesses who are sponsoring our event:
Providing rain garden design and planting
Clearview Nursery, Inc.
Donating plants for the rain garden
North Wales Water Authority (NWWA)
Donating water coolers and biodegradable cups
Giant Food ~ Spring House
Event activities will include a rain garden planting event, discussions with experts regarding techniques homeowners can use to manage stormwater runoff on their property, water capture and reuse (e.g. rain barrels), composting, and creating naturalized landscapes and bird habitats to reduce the impacts of stormwater runoff.
Participants will learn what stormwater management is, what Lower Gwynedd Township is doing to address stormwater runoff, and why it is important to everyone. Participants are invited to watch or dig in and get dirty to assist with the rain garden planting! Please dress appropriately.
Giveaways for each family include a flash drive loaded with Lower Gwynedd Township park and trail maps and stormwater management-related information (while supplies last).
A rain barrel will be raffled off to one lucky person!
This event is great for families, homeowners and anyone interested in learning about stormwater management.
Check the Lower Gwynedd Township website and newsletter and media for updated information about the upcoming spring event to learn what you can do to mitigate stormwater runoff and protect water resources while creating natural habitats for wildlife!
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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"