PRC is inviting any property owner in the Darby and Cobbs Creek Watersheds to participate in the Stream Smart Stormwater House Call program!
Stream Smart properties will receive audits that help residents learn how stormwater runoff impacts our local streams and creeks. The audit offers information about stormwater “Best Management Practices” that, when implemented, will allow runoff to be cleaned of contaminants before entering the watershed.
Included with the audit is a rain barrel and a comprehensive report identifying changes that can be made to better manage stormwater which will lead to a healthier watershed.
Pennsylvania’s Constitution states: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment.” Help us protect our environment by becoming a Stream Smart partner!
The Stream Smart Stormwater House Call program creates avenues for improved stormwater management on private property in a densely urbanized watershed where large restoration projects are limited. All reaches of streams in the Darby and Cobbs Creek Watershed have been designated as impaired by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on the 303 (d) list.
The impairments are mostly due to stormwater related impacts and urban runoff. The watershed is heavily developed, and the lower portions of the watershed are densely urbanized. Some of the most intensely developed areas in Pennsylvania are located within the watershed, with upwards of 80% impervious cover in these locations.
In this region, the average property size is .25 acres. The average impervious coverage for residential properties is 38%. That translates into 4,138 ft2 of impervious surface in need of modification to control runoff. If this region experiences an average rainfall of 42 inches or 310.35 gallons of run off this program has the potential to divert 13,034 gallons of run off per property!
These small, feasible efforts will have a big impact for years to come!