100 Rain Gardens of Ambler

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Ambler’s 100 Rain Gardens Campaign

The Ambler Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) kicked off our multi-year Rain Garden Campaign in October 2012 with the installation of three residential rain gardens! Volunteers, homeowners and EAC members designed, built and planted rain gardens on several properties in Ambler Borough. Since its inception, 23 rain gardens have been put in place within Ambler Borough. Once the native plants become established, these rain gardens add beauty and function to properties.

We are seeking interested homeowners, to help our community be a solution to the stormwater issues associated with increased development in the Wissahickon Watershed. Join us in meeting our goal of 100 successful Rain Gardens in the Borough of Ambler!

Interested homeowners can benefit from assistance and incentives for the rain garden, including:

  • The EAC, Penn State Master Wastershed Stewards, and Rain Garden specialist will provide a site evaluation to determine the feasibility of a rain garden on your property;
  • The EAC will assist in the layout, plant sharing, and planting. We will also be available as a resource for Rain Garden issues;
  • The EAC will provide Rain Garden workshops in the fall and spring throughout the campaign, which landowners will be asked to attend.

What does the homeowner need to do?

First, contact the EAC at amblereac@gmail.com with an expression of interest. An EAC member will get back to you with additional information.

Once we contact you, you will then need to:

  • provide property access to our technical partners to determine soil suitability;
  • participate in a Rain Garden Workshop
  • read and agree to a Homeowner’s Partnership Agreement

The EAC will be holding Rain Garden Workshops in the spring and fall of each year. These workshops will provide homeowners from Ambler Borough and beyond the information needed to calculate the appropriate size and design of a rain garden on their property. EAC representatives will guide you through the process.

Why are rain gardens important?

Stormwater runoff from urban areas increases flooding and carry’s pollutants from impervious surfaces such as streets, parking lots and even lawns into our stormdrains which empty into the Rose Valley, Tannery Run or Stewart Farm creeks before emptying into the Wissahickon Creek. Treating this polluted runoff requires costly municipal improvements in stormwater treatment structures. Rain gardens, however, are less costly and more efficient at managing stormwater runoff from roofs, driveways, and sidewalks associated with residential properties. Almost every property can install a rain garden leading collectively to water quality improvements.

The benefits of a rain garden:

  • increase the amount of water that filters into the ground and recharges local and regional aquifers;
  • help protect communities from flooding and related drainage problems;
  • help protect streams from pollutants carried by urban stormwater runoff, such as lawn fertilizers, pesticides, oil, and other fluids that leak from cars, and pollutants from our roofs and driveways.
  • enhance the beauty of yards and neighborhoods; and
  • provide valuable habitat for birds, butterflies, and many beneficial insects.

Contact the EAC and support Ambler’s Rain Garden Campaign

AmblerEAC@gmail.com

Mitch Cashatt 215-920-4965

The Ambler Rain Garden Campaign supports the Delaware Estuary and the Rain Gardens for the Bays Campaign. For general information on rain gardens, please visit www.raingardensforthebays.org