Living Streamside

Living Streamside  

We all live near a stream.

We have all experienced flooding during rain storms.

Here is how you can help.

This free workshop was held on Saturday April  9, 2011, 10:00-11:00 at the Roslyn Boys and Girls Club at Roslyn Park, 2818 Hammond Ave, Abington PA 19001.

If you live next to a stream, don't miss this free workshop on how to love your stream.We'll show you how to beautify your yard, reduce flooding and erosion.

Followed at 11:30 with a tour of the Sandy Run streambank restoration project and Marsden Soccer field Rain Garden project.

Followed at 12:00 until 2:00 with a rain garden maintenance service project with help from ASHS students.

Ask our experts! Presenters included Emma Gutzler Delaware Riverkeepers, Tony Federici URS and Philadelphia Water Department consultant, Susan Meyerov Heritage Conservancy and TTF Watershed, Nancy Minich Delaware Valley College and NAM Planning & Design.


Information about flooding and stormwater:

We've all seen how much water floods our neighborhoods during a rain storm. You can help reduce flooding and pollution by being aware of and managing the rain water that runs off your property. During storms, rain water runs off impervious surfaces like roofs, driveways and lawns. This rain water is called stormwater run-off. Managing the rain water that falls on your property not only helps prevent damage to your property, but also prevents damage to your neighborhood. Improvements to your property can also beautify your home and increase its value.

View the presentation at:

Here are some things you can do to help reduce your stormwater run-off:

1. View this plan of what you can do for your property:

2. Clean leaves out of your gutters.

3. Add extensions to your gutter downspouts to divert the water away from your house and to run off into yard areas. Try to reduce how much rainwater flows directly onto the driveway, sidewalk or street.

4. Install rain barrels at your gutter downspouts to capture and retain rain water. The water can be used to water lawns and gardens. Visit the Rain Barrel page for more information.

5. Install a rain garden. Visit the Rain Garden page for more information.

6. Reduce the size of you lawn by planting more garden areas. If you have a sunny spot, you may want to grow your own vegetables. Visit our Native Plants pages for more information.

7. Plant native trees, shrubs and flowers along stream banks, or along dry creek beds. Visit the Streambank Restoration and Native Plants pages for more information.

8. Volunteer with your township/EAC to help plant trees along stream banks in parks. Visit our homepage for upcoming projects.


For additional information visit these websites:

Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), Office of Watersheds*: , and residential home plan ideas:  *

Household Water Conservation info from Penn State (PDF file)*:

Home and garden clean water practices from UW Extension*:*


* This link goes to another website that is not associated with or endorsed by the EAC or STC.