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Mission Statement

To educate, facilitate and promote awareness of sustainable practices within Lower Gwynedd Township and the greater community.

Who We Are

Lower Gwynedd Township residents dedicated to ensuring a greater quality of life for our community through educational outreach, involvement and best practices.  

Accomplishements

  • Established outreach through Gwynedd Green Blog , and Facebook page to support the Townshp's sustainability efforts.
  • Mike McGrath, a nationally syndicated speaker, presented organic and sustainable lawn care practices at June 2012 community event.  
  • Planted five native tree species to provide habitat, shelter and food for wildlife at the historic Ingersoll / Claytor House.
    • White Oak
    • Sweet Gum
    • Eastern Redbud
    • Clump River Birch
    • Red Maple
  • Provided instruction on proper composting techniques at June 2012 community event.
  • Promoted the importance of native plant species and provided tree planting and care instruction at June 2012 community event.
  • Convened meetings with stakeholders at high school, senior residential communities and township representative to coordinate future recycling events.
  • Provided educational outreach about recycling and Recyclebank Program. 
  • Conducted a Christmas Bird Count, December 2012 at Treweryn Farm Trail in which the following Birds were identified:  Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, White Throated Sparrow, Mallard Ducks.
  • Sponsored a Stormwater Manangement community event in April 2013 and installed a rain garden at the Ingersoll / Claytor House.

Initiatives & Programs in Development

  • Organize stormwater management event (April 20, 2013) to feature workshops, hands on activities, educational outreach and participation from local organizations
  • Establish Lower Gwynedd Township as an Audubon Society-designated Bird Town 

Ongoing Efforts & initiatives

  • Promote the Four Rs:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover through educational outreach
  • Through educational outreach, encourage residents, schools and businesses to promote sustainable practicies
  • Support the Township's Annual e-waste collection events and distribute reusable shopping bags
  • Encourage active participation in wildlife habitat creation and preservation
  • Provide stormwater management awareness and education
  • Lower Gwynedd Township Business Recycling effort - business community group is interested in the "I Like the Pike" effort and revitalization for economic development and sustainability
  • Engage with Wisshahickon School District to partner on sustainable projects with the goal of student body involvement 

 

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Stormwater:  Nuisance or Natural Resource?

What You Should Know and What You Can Do.

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:

  • Fewer wooded lots, trees, shrubs and home gardens prevent rain water from slowly entering the aquifer. Healthy forests and woodlands absorb rain like sponges and prevent large volumes of runoff into streams and drainage systems. These natural areas serve as natural air cleaners by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen and also provide important habitats for many animal and bird species.
  • Asphalt and concrete retain the sun's heat, which raises surrounding air temperature and produces heat sinks.
  • Fewer woods and native plantings lead to fewer species that rely on them, including birds and helpful insects, which lead to increased pressures on ecosystems.
  • Impervious surfaces lead to increased stormwater runoff because the runoff cannot infiltrate into the ground.
  • Land development practices include diverting rainwater off-site as quickly as possible. Stormwater that does not soak into the ground rapidly flows over land picking up debris, fertilizers, sediment, pet waste, residues from roadways, and dissolved pollutants. The untreated runoff is transported to the nearest storm drain and eventually to streams and rivers. This untreated runoff harmfully affects water quality needed to support ecosystems and protect drinking water quality.

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:

 Stormwater Management

 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"

 

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Township Government

Lower Gwynedd Township

Administration Building
1130 N Bethlehem Pike
PO Box 625
Spring House, PA 19477

Phone: (215) 646-5302
Fax: (215) 646-3357
contactus@lowergwynedd.org

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