Rain gardens have been springing up in various communities through Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Ambler is a community that has taken the lead with its community rain garden program. Ambler residents, including many from the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council, are installing rain gardens in their own backyards. In Ambler, the goal is to plant 100 rain gardens in Ambler Borough by engaging property owners and volunteers. The EAC holds rain garden workshops that describe best management practices for reducing erosion and flooding. To learn more about this project, email Amblereac@gmail.com.
This initiative is part of the Rain Gardens for the Bays Campaign. The Campaign offers useful tools like an app to help homeowners install their own rain gardens.
In Delaware County, Jamie Anderson is working with Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative municipalities to create rain gardens in urbanized areas of the Darby Cobbs watershed. This is funded in part by the of the recent National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant. See more details on Jamie’s work in the Darby Cobbs in our follow up post highlighting the Darby Cobbs rain garden/BMP initiative or contact Jamie at 484-326-6248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEC has recently created a Create Your Rain Garden Manual with many resources from Wikihow, Rain Gardens for the Bay, and Rutgers New Jersey to assist landowners who want to create their own rain gardens. The manual can be accessed here.