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Environmental Advisory Committee

Who We Are

Rain Gardens

Recycling

Stormwater

Haverford PCP Superfund Site

Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus Prevention

Climate Change Action Plan

Tips on Going Green

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Rain Gardens help reduce flooding and stormwater pollution, improving water quality in our streams and rivers for aquatic life and recreational users.

100 Residents per year are getting a rain garden built by the Hav-a-Rain Garden program if their home ranks highly enough, they contribute sweat equity and commit to maintaining their garden. If you want a Rain Garden, request an assessment to see if you qualify. Businesses can get advice on installing their own and can gain visibility by becoming a Hav-a-Rain Garden sponsor. Volunteer to help install them - it's a great way to learn what they are all about. Email havaraingarden@gmail.com to volunteer, request an assessment or to be a sponsor of the program.

Hav-a-Rain Garden graphic

Our Thanks to EAC's primary non-profit partner in sustaining the Hav-a-Rain Garden program - the Haverford Township Civic Council. Thanks to Pennsylvania Resources Council and Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative for helping us get started and ongoing support. Thanks to current sponsors Nolan Painting and the Haverford Music Festival.

Follow us on www.facebook.com/haverfordraingardens to get the latest news or see the links below for more information.

Adopt a Rain Garden Brochure

Rain Garden Pilot Initiative and Adopt a Rain Garden Program Presentation

Flooding and the Role of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI)

Rain Garden Information

Who We Are: Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC)

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Recycling

For recycling information please go to the Public Works website.

Stormwater

Stormwater is water that runs off of the land during precipitation events. In urban areas, it typically originates as rainfall which lands on impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, roadways and roofs. It then runs into street gutters until it reaches an inlet, which it is then conveyed to a nearby stream or lake. If left uncontrolled, stormwater can have detrimental effects on receiving waters including flooding, erosion and water quality problems. Explore these materials to learn more about what you can do to control excess stormwater runoff.   

To volunteer for the annual creek clean-ups for Darby & Cobbs Creeks, go to Darby Creek Valley Association: www.DCVA.org

Things NOT to do include piping roof drains directly to the sidewalk, driveway or street; pumping sumps to the sanitary sewer; paving unpaved driveways; widening paved driveways; building impervious patios; and otherwise increasing rainwater runoff. Modifications which significantly increase impervious area require Township approval. Alternatives or storm water management facilities may be required. Contact the Township for further information.

·    Haverford PCP Superfund Site

The Havertown PCP Site was formerly used as a wood-treatment facility operated by the National Wood Preservers. Due to the facility's methods of waste disposal, the property's soil and groundwater became contaminated. In 1983, EPA added the Site to the Superfund National Priorities List, and in 2010, completed construction of the cleanup remedies, which included removal of tanks and drums from the site, removal of contaminated soil from off-site areas and the installation of a groundwater pump-and-treat system. The site also received $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to expedite and support site cleanup. Today, a portion of the site is now home to the brand new, 70,000 square ft. Havertown YMCA. For more information on the cleanup of the Haverford Superfund Site, see the following links. 

·    Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus Prevention

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that can make you seriously ill and can even cause death. Mosquito samples often test positive in season, and Township residents have also tested positive for the disease in the past. Please check out the following resources for tips for earth-friendly prevention measures you can use at home to reduce the risk of disease, and to avoid harmful pesticide treatments where possible.

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Saving Energy - Reducing Green House Gas emissions - EAC is seeking volunteers to update our Greenhouse Gas Emission inventory and Climate Action Plat. See 'Join EAC' below.

Beginning in the summer of 2007, through a $30,000 State Community Revitalization Grant via State Rep Greg Vitali, Haverford Township hired ICLEI- (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) Local Governments for Sustainability, to work with local volunteers forming the Haverford Climate Initiative Stakeholder Group to inventory the greenhouse gas emissions of Haverford Township.

A Haverford Climate Action Plan outlined strategies for the Township and community to reduce energy consumption while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

An ICLEI Inventory Report of April 10, 2006 reported anticipated scenarios for Eastern PA in the next 100 years for either lower or higher emissions. Lower emissions put our local climate 5 degrees warmer, like southern Virginia. Higher emissions could make our climate more like southern Georgia with 10 degrees average temperature increase and an average of 30 days over 100 degrees.  

Green Tips

Learn how you can reduce your impact on the environment, whether at home, at work or on the road. Small changes do make a difference! Go Green!! 

Join EAC!

Appointed EAC members encourage those with environmental skills and those who are committed to our mission to join in our efforts. We are looking for help updating Haverford's Climate Action Plan and gauging progress to date. To volunteer to help, email hencareich@verizon.net or come to our meetings, normally at 7:30 p.m. on the 1st Tuesday of each month in the back conference room of the Quatrani Building.

EAC Annual Report

EPA Water Pollution Prevention and Control:  www.water.epa.gov/polwaste
National Menu of Stormwater Best Management Practices:  www.water.epa.gov/polwaste/npdes/swbmp
Polluted Runoff: Nonpoint Source Pollution:  www.water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps