Stormwater runoff is the major cause of water pollution impacting our creeks. When rain falls on roofs, streets, and parking lots, the water can’t soak into the ground. Stormwater drains through gutters and sewers before it’s discharged, eventually, into our creeks and then rivers. This stormwater runoff carries trash, motor oil, and other pollutants into our creeks, causing eroded streambanks and reducing water quality.
If you live near a creek, you can request a stormwater management audit of your property. TTF staff will audit your property and provide a report with recommendations for improvements. If there’s project potential, you may be eligible for financial support for Green Stormwater Infrastructure: rain barrels, rain gardens, creekside buffers, native plantings, de-paving, flow-through planters, and bioswales -- plantings and structures that capture and filter runoff.
Stream Smart is a collaborative effort among the suburban Philadelphia watershed organizations that are part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative to tackle stormwater runoff from the residential properties that make up most of our area’s land. Stream Smart is funded by a Delaware River Restoration Fund Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Check out our video in partnership with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. A suburban Philadelphia family conquers a problem driveway with help from the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership and the Stream Smart program:
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