To educate, facilitate and promote awareness of sustainable
practices within Lower Gwynedd Township and the greater
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.
- 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
- Planted five native tree species to provide habitat, shelter
and food for wildlife at the historic Ingersoll / Claytor
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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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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
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
- 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
- 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
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"