Brodhead Watershed Association

Dedicated to protecting our pocono waters


With a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the help of many volunteers, Brodhead Water Association has created three rain gardens at prime spots in Monroe County, and will plant more.


Look for this sign (right) at each garden.


These gardens are part of the Green Infrastructure project, designed to improve the Lower Brodhead's water quality. For information, click here.


For information on how to plant your own rain garden, click here.


Would you like to be a rain garden guardian and help maintain new plantings?

If so, email us or call 570-839-1120.






Kistler Avenue, East Stroudsburg


BWA volunteers planted this rain garden in October 2016, with site prep help from Ross & Ross Nursery of Cresco. The garden catches rain runoff before it reaches the drain at center, allowing the soil to filter out pollutants before it reaches nearby Brodhead Creek.


Sue Czahor and Sharon Laverdure, BWA members, are the "rain garden guardians" here. They will water, weed and replace plants as necessary.








BWA and Penn State Master Gardener volunteers planted this garden in downtown Stroudsburg in the fall of 2016. Created in partnership with Stroudsburg Borough, the garden catches runoff from the municipal parking garage before the polluted rainwater can reach nearby McMichael Creek.







Lackawanna Avenue, East Stroudsburg


Students from Pat Bixler's environmental science class at East Stroudsburg High School South helped plant the garden. The garden will filter rain runoff, cleansing it before it reaches the groundwater that goes into Brodhead Creek.


East Stroudsburg municipal crews prepared the site, and Nancy Daniels of BWA and the Penn State Master Gardeners will maintain the garden.







Route 611, Stroud Township, Pa.


Volunteers planted a huge garden with almost 100 plants in a formerly cemented area in front of Retro Fitness. The new rain garden will protect water quality in Flagler Run, part of the Pocono Creek watershed.


Volunteers included those from Brodhead Watershed Association, the Penn State Master Gardeners, Kevin Brody of Retro Fitness and Matt Thompson of Absolute Design.


Brody treated the crew to lunch at the nearby Spice Route restaurant that day -- the hottest day in September 2016.


Later on, a small island in the middle of the adjacent parking lot was also landscaped and planted.






Stroud Township, Pa.



The project includes a garden of native plants and a riparian buffer of trees arranged to catch rainwater and filter out roadway pollutants before it reaches nearby McMichael Creek.


"The rain garden area gets a lot of runoff from Glen Brook Road every time we receive moderate to heavy rain," said Jeff Feick, golf course superintendent and BWA board member.

Students from Blair Academy in New Jersey helped with the planting as part of their community service program.



East Stroudsburg High School South

East Stroudsburg, Pa.



Students in Pat Bixler's Environmental Studies class helped with the planting, designed to catch runoff from the school parking lot. See video here.


For a printable list of the plants and information about their care, click here.





Stroudsburg, Pa.



In partnership with Sarah Street Grill, BWA created a garden to catch runoff from the restaurant's roof and parking lot runoff. The garden uses native plants. For a printable list of the plants and information about their care, click here.


Mike Wilk of Monroe County Conservation District was engineering designer and supervisor of the garden. Matt Thompson of Absolute Design Contracting prepared the site, which he found to be a former dump. Plantings were designed by landscape designer Robin Petras. Wayne Ross and Ross & Ross Nursery of Cresco supplied the native plants and planted the garden.









Cresco, Pa.


Created in 2014 in partnership with the library, BWA planted a grant-funded garden to catch runoff from the library's roof and parking lot as well as the adjacent roadway.





Analomink, Pa.


A former golf course, these 40 acres are open to the public for walking, fishing (catch-and-release only), and eagle viewing. It's also a place to admire the extensive rain garden designed to intercept runoff from the former clubhouse roof before the water can reach Brodhead Creek -- a prime trout fishing spot.


This garden was paid for by a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and planted by volunteers.



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