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Borough  of Ambler
122 East Butler Ave
Ambler, PA    19002

 

 

 

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Ambler EAC members are concerned residents appointed by Borough Council to advise about protection, conservation, and management of local environmental resources.  We focus on the following topics at our monthly meetings:

  • stormwater management and reduced impact of water runoff on local streams and watersheds

  • increasing shade trees in parks and downtown

  • promoting sustainable landscaping and increasing biodiversity

  • increasing recycling (and reducing landfill-bound waste)

  • improving energy conservation and renewable energy generation

  • reducing fossil fuel consumption

  • improving community health

  • creating momentum toward becoming a sustainable community

Below is a listing of accomplishments of the Ambler EAC.  Please see the "current projects" link to learn about ongoing projects.

2012
  • Maintained Rose Valley Creek Riparian Buffer – Removed invasive plants, removed deer fencing downed by Hurricane Irene and Lee, planted nine more large trees, installed sleeves to protect saplings from deer rubbing, installed signage about the buffer project and enhanced Ambler’s only natural park.

  • Purchased a set of ClearStream recycling containers for placement along Butler Avenue during Ambler Main Street events to capture recyclable waste

  • Coordinated several large volunteer weekend events to install 3 additional Rain Gardens in partnership with Rain Gardens for the Bays.

  • Wrote and submitted a proposal for DEP EE funds for ten more Rain Gardens in 2013.

2011
  • Completed Rose Valley Creek Riparian Buffer Restoration – a 3-year grant-funded project Removed invasive plants – planted 850 trees and shrubs—installed deer fencing, a Rain Garden and new wildflower meadows. Reduced mowed areas in Borough Park and enhanced Ambler’s only natural park.

  • Purchased a second outdoor permanent recycling container for placement at Pickering Fields to capture recyclable waste from Junior League baseball practices and games.

  • Coordinated several large volunteer events to install and maintain deer fencing at Borough Park and continue to remove invasive plants (Japanese Knotweed).

  • Coordinated a tour of the Recycling Processing plant in King of Prussia

  • Sold last washable twill shopping bags in Plastic Bag Free Ambler initiative

  • Decided not to join Audubon’s Birdtown USA

  • Supported Ambler Theater’s Sustainability Movie Series

  • Did not get owner of Ambler Donuts to plant trees indicated in the redevelopment planned

  • Supported Ambler/Upper Dublin Transition Town movement, and Another Way to Healthy Lawns

2010
  • Purchased first outdoor permanent recycling container for placement at Rita's Water Ice along Butler Ave.

  • Installed a Rain Garden at Ricciardi Park to capture rain fall runoff from a paved multi-use court.

  • Coordinated several large volunteer events to install and maintain deer fencing at Borough Park and continue to remove invasive plants (Japanese Knotweed).

  • Continued sale of washable twill shopping bags in our Plastic Bag Free Ambler initiative.

  • Attempted to get new ordinances to protect steep slopes, wetlands, flood plains, woodlands and riparian buffers.

  • Attempted to reduce the number of street lights in order to reduce municipal electricity expenses in the face of energy deregulation.

2009
  • Plastic Bag Free Ambler Initiative that organized a design contest for students from four Wissahickon schools to promote reusable bags.  Winning art was printed on nearly 1,000 reusable twill bags, available for sale at Back to School nights and through Ambler EAC.  Money raised supports schools and EAC.

  • acquired two grants (totalling $76,125) to beautify Borough Park, restoring the riparian buffer, removing invasives and planting up to 850 trees & shrubs

  • convened the Joint EACs of the Wissahickon with all seven EACs in the Wissahickon watershed working together promote ordinance upgrades and basin retrofits that protect local waterways

  • Downtown Tree Management manual developed, which assessed tree conditions and opportunities for additional trees and recommended training for best municipal care of trees

  • supported the Borough in a grant application for municipal garage solar arrays. Not granted.

2008 2007
  • coordinated energy audit of Borough operations: Borough Hall, public works garage, Water Department, and Waste Water Treatment Plant

  • installed rain garden at Ricciardi Park (PWD, PEC-supported design)

  • organized collection of compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs

  • offered seminar for businesses on best management practices for reducing waste and maximizing recycling

  • organized community tree plantings with 300 volunteers; received Montgomery County Green Futures partnerships award

  • organized several training sessions on care of trees for Borough staff and 45 home owners

  • planted and arranged for two years of watering maintenance for  95 shade trees

  • formed Ambler Green Committee, a subcommittee of Ambler Main Street, to support greening of Ambler businesses

  • information table at Oktoberfest

2006 2005
  • hosted free arborist and landscaping consultations with 21 homeowners on streamside property best management practices ($5,000 WREN grant)

  • put up 20 signs naming streams at street crossings to increase awareness of local water resources

  • formed Ambler Tree Tenders; received TreeVitalize grant of shade trees for parks and streets

  • promoted acquisition of larger recycling bins for all households

  • served on Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission

2004 2001
  • marked 150 storm sewer inlets with signs reading: "Drains to the creek, no dumping"

  • established a reference section at Wissahickon Library in Ambler for Borough, Montgomery County, and Wissahickon Watershed Comprehensive and Open Space plans
Please contact Susan Curry 215-591-1551 for more information about any of these past projects.

 

 

 

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