|Los Angeles River East|
Our work has been going on for 1-1/2 years now, and the staff of the foundation requested a tour of sites where the foundation's support has been used to implement stormwater management projects in the field. On Thursday, August 6, the watershed organizations' and foundation's staff members gathered for a day-long bus tour of four sites scattered throughout the Philadelphia suburbs.
First stop was at a private residence in Haverford, Delaware County where a rain garden had been installed. This rain garden was one of about 20 rain gardens that are being installed in prominent locations where neighbors and passers-by can become familiar with using a rain gardens to capture and infiltrate stormwater running off impervious surfaces instead of allowing it to pour directly into storm drains.
|Publicity in the front yard|
|The rain garden, planted in May|
|Homeowner (blue shorts) and project consultants (right)|
|On the berm above the basin (about 10 feet deep)|
|Temple University hydrologist Lora Toran explaining testing equipment to monitor project effectiveness|
|Water from the playing fields (right) and parking lot pours into this swale, then directly into a creek|
|Grass swale will be replaced with a rock-filled infiltration trench|
Stormwater management is a difficult problem to address. It took us literally centuries to for our urbanized watersheds to become like are in today. Let's hope it doesn't take as long to correct the mistakes of the past.